Cameroon denies asking for assist to mediate separatist battle By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A common view of buildings in Yaounde, Cameroon January 28, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Picture

YAOUNDE (Reuters) -Cameroon’s authorities stated it had not requested any nation to mediate in its battle with Anglophone separatists, regardless of Canada saying it had obtained a request to work on a peace course of.

Canada’s international ministry stated it had accepted a mandate to facilitate talks between Cameroonian authorities and a few separatist factions in English-speaking areas to resolve a battle that has killed greater than 6,000 folks since 2017.

However, in a press release on Monday that didn’t straight point out Canada, Cameroon’s authorities stated it had “not entrusted any international nation or exterior entity with any position of mediator or facilitator to settle the disaster”.

A spokesperson for the Anglophone separatists, who’re attempting to kind a breakaway state known as Ambazonia in minority English-speaking areas, stated that they had taken word of the federal government’s newest assertion however wouldn’t remark additional.

They’d beforehand stated they had been dedicated to a negotiated course of mandated by Canada.

Adrien Blanchard, the press secretary of Canada’s international affairs ministry, advised Reuters some conferences had already taken place involving the “related events”.

“I can affirm three conferences had been held in Canada with the related events, together with representatives of the Authorities of Cameroon,” Blanchard stated through e mail, including that Canada would proceed to assist a peaceable decision to the battle.

The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, stated on Twitter on Monday that it welcomed Canada’s announcement of talks to resolve the disaster.

Cameroon’s separatist motion stems from the perceived marginalisation of the English-speaking group by the French-speaking majority.

Since 2017, factions of secessionist militias have been battling authorities troops within the two English-speaking areas, which has killed hundreds and displaced practically 800,000 folks. In the meantime some 600,000 kids don’t have full entry to training, based on the Canadian authorities.

A 2019 nationwide dialogue granted particular standing to the 2 Anglophone areas however did not resolve the battle.

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