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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Anglophone Crisis: Paul Atanga Nji's new promise to secessionists

The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, reiterated President Paul Biya's commitment to end the Anglophone crisis by promising not to imprison secessionist fighters if they lay down their arms.

He made the statement in Yaoundé on Thursday at the launching ceremony of the Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance to the North West and South West Regions.

It was an opportunity for him to inform the diplomats about the NO / SO humanitarian assistance plan. He spoke about the challenges of the current crisis in the two regions and the measures taken by the government, among other actors, to help those affected so far.

The members of the Humanitarian Assistance Committee have agreed to scrupulously respect the code of conduct governing field work in order to help the increasingly suffering populations. Representatives of the United Nations, the United States, Germany, France and the European Union were all present. The humanitarian assistance plan was created by the President of the Republic and launched by the Prime Minister on June 20, 2018. According to the government, about 75,000 families affected by the crisis have received humanitarian aid.

It was on this occasion that the head of MINAT, in an interview with the press, called all the fighters of Ambazonie to lay down their arms, reassuring them not to go to prison.

"Let me be very clear, those who lay down their weapons will not go to jail.It is the instruction of the head of state," said the minister.

He then guaranteed the security and protection of these fighters, if they truly repent and register with the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, a commission created by Mr. Paul Biya to reconcile these fighters with the laws of the country.