Friday, December 20, 2019

Ambazonia: Switzerland is no longer a mediator in the Anglophone crisis

Engaged since last June in mediation between the Cameroonian state and the majority of independence groups active in the English-speaking west of the country, Swiss diplomacy has absentmindedly ended its efforts in recent weeks.

The discussions, conducted in partnership with the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD center) in Geneva, suffered from the refusal of certain groups, whose leaders are exiled in the United States, to participate in the negotiations. They were also affected by Berne's concerns over the suspension of the call for tenders for the management of the container terminal of the Autonomous Port of Douala, which should have gone to the Swiss Italian Terminal Investment.

Officially, Switzerland remains involved "as long as the parties want them". 
Several initiatives are in preparation to take over from Swiss diplomacy. The only English-speaking leader of national scope, the ex-boatmaster Akéré Muna is trying to set up a dialogue which would be led by the former South African president Thabo Mbeki and the former president of the African Union Commission ( UA) Alpha Oumar Konaré.

A forum is to be held in this framework during the month of February, in Nairobi. Very close to the United States' undersecretary of state for African affairs, Tibor Nagy, Muna would have the necessary influence to integrate the refractories into the diplomatic efforts of the Confederation into this dialogue.

Source: 237online