Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Confidential: President Biya still can't digest Macron's words "Le Monde"

The French newspaper Le Monde comes back on the reaction of Cameroon following comments made by President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the agricultural fair. The newspaper makes revelations on the state of mind of the Cameroonian president.

The French president denounced "human rights violations" perpetrated in this central African country. 

Cameroonian government "intends to remain in control of its fate", he said on Sunday February 23 after Emmanuel Macron promised to "put pressure" on Paul Biya and denounced "intolerable human rights violations In this Central African country. The French president reacted after being arrested on Saturday in Paris by a Cameroonian activist who urged him to condemn violence attributed to the Cameroonian army in the English-speaking West of the country. 

"I will call Cameroonian President Paul Biya next week and we will put the maximum pressure to end the situation. There are human rights violations in Cameroon that are intolerable, I'm doing my best, "explained the French head of state on the sidelines of a visit to the Paris Agricultural Show, while he was questioned on this issue. 

Without designating Emmanuel Macron by name, the Cameroonian government asked in a press release "to friendly countries", to "not grant credit to activists", "at the risk of being trapped and demonstrating candor, even d 'enmity likely to harm good relations' with Cameroon. "Cameroon (...) intends to remain in control of its destiny," added the Minister of Communication, René Emmanuel Sadi. 

23 dead

On February 14, 23 people, most of them children, died during a military operation in the village of Ntumbo, in northwest Cameroon, according to the UN. Part of the Cameroonian opposition, but also many witnesses interviewed by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations accused Cameroonian soldiers of having carried out this killing. 

The North West and the other English-speaking region of Cameroon, the South West, have been plagued for three years by a violent conflict between the army and separatist groups. Both sides have been accused of crimes and abuses against civilians by international NGOs. 

According to Yaoundé, a confrontation in Ntumbo between the army and separatists caused a fire, which resulted in the death of five victims, a woman and four children. However, the government, in its statement Sunday, reaffirmed "that there had not been 22 villagers, including fourteen children, killed". 

France still maintains strong political and economic relations with its former colony, Cameroon. Long regarded as a haven of stability in Central Africa, the country led by President Paul Biya, 87, including thirty-six in power, has been facing multiple crises since the 2010s.