Secession. UN Reaffirms Support for One and Indivisible Cameroon

The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Central Africa have met with some top Cameroonian authorities including Prime Minister, Head of Government who received the UN delegation at the Star Building on behalf of the Head of State, Paul Biya.

Shawn-Nathan EPANG

The United Nations Organisation (UNO) has reaffirmed its engagement to support peace, security and unity in Cameroon. The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Central Africa, François Lounceny Fall made the declaration in Yaounde during separate meetings with Cameroonian authorities. His visit to Cameroon which was principally to see how the country is preparing for upcoming presidential election and the security situation in the country took him and his accompanying delegation to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of External Relations as well as the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism.

After meeting with the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang who received the delegation at the Star Building on behalf of the President of the Republic, the visiting UN official said the United Nations Organisation is grateful to Cameroon for receiving refugees and for its role in ensuring peace and security in the Central African Sub-region.

He told the press that they discussed issues ranging from political, security situations to cooperation between Cameroon and the UN. The Prime Minister, he said, gave information on the preparations for the October 7, 2018 presidential election in the country. Another issue discussed was the socio-political crisis rocking the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. Mr Lounceny Fall said they took note of what government was doing to achieve maximum security in these regions.

He stated that it was an internal problem and advised that Cameroonians need to solve the problems themselves. The UN official said the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism created by the Head of State was the best way of solving the crisis. His declaration on the crisis has at least cleared the air on the possible intervention of the UN Peace-keeping forces as was being circulated on the social media especially by secessionist activists.

Apart from the Star Building and the Ministry of External Relations where the UN delegation held talks with Minister Lejeune Mbella Mbella, the UN envoy also made a stopover at the Emergency Tower in Yaounde where officials of the National Commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism held discussions with the officials of the world body.  It emerged from their working session that the Secretary General of the United Nations Organisation, Antonio Guterres has conveyed a congratulatory and encouragement message to Cameroon’s National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism.

The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Central Africa, François Lounceny Fall transmitted the encouragement message to the President of the Commission, Peter Mafany Musonge. “We conveyed to the Commission the encouragement of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the good work they have already started to do in order to promote bilingualism and multiculturalism in Cameroon which in our view is an asset for this country,” Mr Lounceny Fall told reporters. He added that, “We are very encouraged by the way the Commission is moving,” and equally conveyed the congratulations of the UN Secretary General to the Commission.

To make the encouragement more concrete, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General said, “The UN is ready to accompany the Commission by building its capacity to enable the Commission accomplish its mission.” He indicated that their mission was essentially that of encouragement.

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