Monday, April 6, 2020

Anglophoeic crisis: ICRC reaches out to Paul Biya

'We expect a willingness to collaborate from the Cameroonian authorities' Says ICRC...

The Deputy Regional Director of the International Committee of the Red Cross (Circ) for Africa welcomes the ceasefire decision made by a separatist movement.

The International Committee of the Red Cross supports the ceasefire decided by the Southern Cameroons Defense Force (SOCADEF) of Ebenezer Akwanga. 

This separatist group born during the English-speaking crisis declared on March 26 that it was suspending the fighting due to the appearance of the coronavirus. This is to limit the spread of the virus and promote the work of humanitarian organizations. 

“It's a call that we take very seriously. Cicr is present in Bamenda and Buea. We appreciate these calls, which will clearly promote secure, neutral and impartial humanitarian work, ”said Patrick Youssef, Deputy Regional Director of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The senior humanitarian official was speaking this April 6 on the antennas of Radio France international (Rfi). 

He adds, "we expect a willingness to collaborate on the part of the Cameroonian authorities".

The call for a cease-fire in all theaters of conflict, because of the coronavirus pandemic, was launched by the UN secretary-general. SOCADEF, one of the three separatist movements in Cameroon had responded favorably. 

The Swiss government, which once mediated the English-speaking crisis, welcomed the decision. Decision also welcomed by the United States, through Tibor Nagy, American Under-Secretary of State in charge of African Affairs. 

But on the Yaoundé side, the Cameroonian authorities did not respond to this call.