Friday, June 28, 2019

Anglophone and Post-Election Crises: Switzerland Prepares Inclusive Dialogue Between Opposition, Secessionists and Power

According to the website of the 24-hour Swiss newspaper, this country "has been mandated by a majority of the parties in Cameroon to facilitate an inclusive negotiation process".

It is the website, a digital version of the 24-hour Swiss daily, which announces it on June 27, 2019. A second discussion conducted by Swiss diplomats was held from June 25 to 27, 2019, to prepare for the peace talks with the Cameroonian authorities brought together the opposition groups in Switzerland.

Citing the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), a Geneva institution of private diplomacy "who would have led the meeting," our colleague reports that Switzerland "is working to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis in the northwest and south-west Cameroon ", in collaboration with the Geneva Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD).

We learn that Switzerland "has been mandated by a majority of the parties to facilitate an inclusive negotiation process as the country faces a crisis related to violence between the army and some separatist movements"

The organizers of the second preparatory meeting between Swiss diplomats and Cameroonian opponents are placed under the seal of secrecy. "The FDFA does not indicate the location of these discussions, nor the date of the first meeting. In order not to compromise the process, it does not decide on the content of facilitation efforts in progress, "says who understands that the meeting "would have taken place in Geneva".

The online newspaper adds that it has gathered separatist representatives of leaders Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and Samuel Sako and movements of the National Council of Southern Cameroon (SCLC), the Congress of the People of Southern Cameroon (SCOOP) and the People's Organization of Southern Cameroon (SCAPO). "A component of the SCLC refused to make the trip. One activist mentioned the "inability" of the HD center to apply "fair rules", says the Swiss press organ.