Monday, December 2, 2019

Anglophone Crisis: Yaoundé And Washington Breach Appeasement

In the opinion of observers, the talks between the two sides are drawing new diplomatic impulses.

It had been months since the climate was tense between Washington and Yaounde. In an attempt to obtain a de-escalation, Felix Mbayu made the trip to the United States . According to the Communication Unit of the Cameroon Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex), the Minister Delegate for Cooperation with the Commonwealth met Tibor Nagy on November 25 in Washington. Officially, nothing has filtered exchanges between the Cameroonian government member and the US Secretary of State for Africa.

However, observers speculate on Yaoundé's desire to obtain from Washington a relaxation of the maximum pressure policy. Around this news, the idea that we can guess is to obtain the revision of the American position suspending Cameroon from the African Growth Opportunities Act(AGOA ), the law allowing the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa to export in the US without a tariff.


A diplomatic source describes Felix Mbayu's trip as "an exercise aimed at closing speculation and overbidging. On concerted parameters, this visit should be the trigger for new diplomatic impulses to appease some explosive iron fights ". In this regard, comments the internationalist Daniel Nkomba, "Cameroon's approach is not to weaken its image, but to make it a more just country in terms of human rights". On this theme, the United States had sounded the alarm on 31 October 2019. The Cameroonian portal of Belgium ( That day, US President Donald Trump announced to US Congress that he would suspend US aid to Cameroon (as of 1 January 2020) because of systematic violations of human rights.

"Despite an intense engagement with the United States, the Government of Cameroon has not responded to concerns about persistent human rights violations committed by Cameroonian security forces. These violations include extrajudicial executions, arbitrary and unlawful detentions and torture, "said the US chief of the executive.