USA AMBASSADOR IN CAMEROON THREATENS AMBAZONIANS IN THE USA FUNDING ATTACKS IN ANGLOPHONE REGIONS
USA AMBASSADOR ON CRTV THREATEN AMBAZONIANS IN THE USA FUNDING ATTACKS IN ANGLOPHONE REGIONS
In an interview given to our colleague Charles Ebune of CRTV, the new United States Ambassador to Cameroon, speaks out on the deadly conflict that has shaken the English-speaking part of the country for six years, and threatens all those who reside in the United States and finance terrorism in this area.
The subject on the new equipment supplier of the Cameroonian Football Federation (FÉCAFOOT) called “One all sport”, somewhat eclipsed the worrying questions on which Christopher John Lamora was eagerly awaited during the interview granted to national television.
Presented as a dresser of American origin, fans of the Indomitable Lions were impatiently waiting for the diplomat to shed some light and finally decide on what very quickly became a controversy on the web. But, beyond this hysteria around the national flag team expected in Qatar to participate in the Qatari World Cup from next November, there was the conflicting situation that rages in the English-speaking part of Cameroon. Hence Charles Ebune’s question about the accusing finger on the Cameroonian diaspora living in the United States of America and suspected of financing the crisis. In its concern to track down the sponsors of this disastrous task, the power of Yaoundé has several times seized Washington so that it delivers to it these people accused of terrorists since at the origin of the death of several Cameroonians.
In response, Christopher John Lamora will send a scathing message. “I have watched several of these videos you refer to and have been embarrassed. Everyone should be embarrassed by these kinds of things: videos where people call for violence, videos where people suggest killing students and preventing them from going to school, that’s an approach force to solve this kind of problem. The diaspora, whether in the United States or elsewhere, which for seven years have been inciting violence, must stop. We should no longer wonder about it; they have to stop (…) People have to have peace speeches; those who encourage the burning of hospitals, set ambushes in schools, those who impose their ideas by violence must stop,” the diplomat said.
A proof that the Americans are joining the international community to denounce the deterioration of the political and security situation in Cameroon. Better, a warning from these networks and lobbies lurking in the diaspora to activate the additional factor of concern, which contributes to the persistence of violence and human rights violations in the English-speaking regions of the North-West and South-West which have been experiencing a situation of secessionist crisis since October 2016 and causing an unacceptable number of victims and a heavy impact in humanitarian and economic terms.
We recall that in a statement on June 7, 2021, the United States Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Antony Blinken, announced targeted sanctions against the parties to the conflict, clearly specifying that his country was committed to working to the return of peace to the two regions in conflict. “I am putting in place a policy imposing visa restrictions on those suspected of being responsible or complicit in obstructing the peaceful resolution of the crisis in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. This decision reflects our commitment to advancing a dialogue to peacefully resolve the Anglophone crisis and support respect for human rights,” he said in a statement. In Washington’s approach,
“The UN Security Council and Cameroon’s international partners should make separatist leaders understand that these crimes have consequences, including by imposing targeted sanctions, such as travel bans and asset freezes, to all those whose responsibility is established in these exactions”, had proposed the NGO Human Rights Watch in a report published on March 12 of the same year. Seen under this prism, political observers are wondering what the added value of this exit of the United States ambassador would be in the perspective of the end of this bloody conflict.
Party of the premise that the country of Joe Biden has already taken sanctions against Yaoundé following allegations of serious human rights violations perpetrated by the security forces in the English-speaking regions, we are waiting to see if the Biya regime will be able to undertake a more serious management of the secessionist crisis. All the more so since the “symbolic” measures taken to date are not likely to resolve this extremely serious crisis. To be continued !