Thursday, November 28, 2019

Reaffirmed For Peace: African Union, Francophonie, Commonwealth Support Process

Received in audience yesterday by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, Louise Mushikiwabo, Patricia Scotland and Moussa Faki Mahamat have reaffirmed the availability of their organizations to accompany Cameroon.

"Cameroon is a very important country within our three organizations". Perhaps articulated in a different way, the idea came back three times yesterday on the steps of the Palace of Unity, expressed by the three heads of international organizations, who were received for 75 minutes by the President of the Republic. Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie ( OIF ), Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth and Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chair of the African Union Commission ( AU) were the hosts of the Head of State as part of a joint mission that has been in Cameroon since last Monday. At the heart of their concerns is the situation in the North West and South West regions which, from their point of view, must find a way out.

But to achieve this, Louise Mushikiwabo wanted to be clear: "Our three organizations are convinced that most of the work will come from the Cameroonians themselves". For the secretary general of the OIF, international organizations "do not have any miracle solutions". They work in the accompaniment of the States. This support can take various forms from his point of view: "Advice, interventions in mediation or on more technical subjects, or in the contribution for our three organizations, and particularly the Francophonie and the Commonwealth on any aspect of bilingualism ".

The three personalities welcomed the holding, from 30 September to 4 October 2019, of the Great National Dialogue with a view to finding a solution to the crisis in the North West and South West regions in particular. The Cameroonian portal of Belgium ( A meeting that resulted in many recommendations, as recalled by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Moussa Faki Mahamat noted with satisfaction the availability of the President of the Republic "for dialogue and appeasement" as part of the final return to peace in the two regions concerned.

Representatives of the OIF, the Commonwealth and the African Union stressed that the double legislative and municipal elections expected at the beginning of the year in Cameroon must take place in peace. Hence the need for all stakeholders to work in this direction. The international organizations at the heart of the joint mission are ready to lend their support.

"What is important is peace, security. We are determined at the level of the three organizations we represent to support the peace process and we encourage all actors to favor peace, "said Patricia Scotland. 

The joint mission, through the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, stressed the importance of meeting with other political and civil society actors in Cameroon to interact with them. 

A consultation that took place in the afternoon. Upon their arrival late yesterday morning at the Palace of Unity, the three personalities were welcomed on the steps by the Minister, Director of the Civil Cabinet, Samuel Mvondo Ayolo. Louise Mushikiwabo, Patricia Scotland and Moussa Faki Mahamat received souvenirs from the President of the Republic before taking leave of him.

Source: Carbe