Cameroon Gov’t Hailed For Ongoing National Dialogue

This was during a press briefing at the UN headquarters on October 1

The UN has hailed the government of Cameroon for organizing the ongoing dialogue in Yaounde to find lasting solutions to the sociopolitical upheavals in the country’s North West and South West regions.

This was in a press briefing in the UN headquarters in New York during which the President of the Security Council for the month of October, Ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila, who doubles as Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations disclosed the programme of the council for the month.

Quizzed why Cameroon did not feature on the program, the UN official appeared to suggest the crisis in the country is being resolved. Ambassador Matjila proposed the “Swiss suggestions” could be used to solve issues related to bilingualism.

Reporters were equally told that the Council welcomed the national dialogue organized in Cameroon. “It started yesterday and will proceed through this week. And the African Union has also welcomed this development. This is something we want to encourage,” another member of the panel stated, encouraging all parties to be part of the dialogue and urging it should be as inclusive as possible.

Meanwhile, Stephane Dujarric de la Riviér, Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres in an earlier briefing same day, said that the UN was present to observe some of the proceedings of the dialogue and noted that they saw that “some people did not take part in the dialogue. But the process is Cameroonian and Cameroonian only.”

Some of the items on the UNSC for this month include a debate on Peace and security in Africa with a focus on the centrality of preventive diplomacy,conflict prevention and resolution; briefings, consultations and reporting on peacekeeping missions, including in the Central African Republic,Sudan and Sudan, as well as briefings on cooperation between the UN and the African Union (as a regional organization), among others.

MBOM Sixtus on Assignment in New York, USA 

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