Cameroon

Yaoundé (AFP) The Commonwealth secretary-general has urged Cameroon to resolve “through peaceful dialogue” a crisis that has shaken the country’s English-speaking regions since last year. Patricia Scotland, who is on a four-day official visit to the country, expressed “great sadness” with the violence in the Northwest and Southwest regions of the central African country, where Cameroon’s anglophone minority is concentrated. “Cameroon is renowned for its tradition of peaceful and harmonious interactions. It is with great sadness that we see it in challenging times,” she said in a speech on TuesdayRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Cameroon’s main opposition party on Thursday accused the government of having “militarised” two regions shaken by unrest among the country’s anglophone minority. “The Northwest and Southwest regions are heavily militarised,” the head of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), Jean Tsomelou, said in an interview with AFP, describing the situation as “worrying.” “We have observed troop movements in both regions. The government has spoken of thousands (of troops) who are in the Southwest and Northwest,” he said. “Abuse has been committed” against local people, he said. In September andRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Nigeria called for an end to violence in neighbouring Cameroon, where a crisis sparked by a separatist drive in English-speaking areas has forced thousands of people to seek sanctuary across the border. “The Nigerian state by no means supports the secessionists,” Nigerian ambassador Lawan Abba Gashagar said Thursday, after a meeting with Cameroon’s President Paul Biya. “The Nigerian government supports a swift return to peace in Cameroon and the preservation of its territorial integrity,” said the ambassador, who is also a special envoy of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.Read More
Douala (AFP) Seven people died overnight during a botched raid by presumed separatists on a police station in a restive a restive English-speaking region of Cameroon, security sources said on Friday. The attack, in which a policeman died and six attackers were killed, targeted a police station in Mamfe, a city in the Southwest region, according to a security official who was speaking by phone from Douala. “A policeman was killed and seven others wounded. Among the attackers, six people were shot dead” when the police returned fire, he said.Read More
Yaoundé (AFP) The Cameroon army will follow President Paul Biya’s instructions and ensure that violent anglophone separatists can no longer cause any trouble, Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said Saturday. “Measures will be taken immediately for a process which will eradicate this inconvenient situation we are experiencing,” the minister added, without giving details of what action would be taken. On Thursday Biya denounced “repeated attacks by a band of terrorists” and promised the Cameroon people that “steps are being taken to incapacitate these criminals and to make sure that peaceRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Four Cameroonian soldiers were killed by suspected separatists in a restive English-speaking region early Wednesday, army and government sources said. “Four soldiers were killed around 2am around Mamfe,” a city in the country’s Southwest Region, according to an army source. “They murdered our soldiers. If that’s not terrorism, what is it?” the source said angrily. The deaths were confirmed by a government source, although the circumstances were not given. The bloodshed is the latest episode in an escalating crisis in the Southwest and Northwest regions, home to aRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Four Cameroonian soldiers were killed by suspected separatists in a restive English-speaking region early Wednesday, army and government sources said. “Four soldiers were killed around 2:00 am around Mamfe,” a city in the country’s Southwest Region, according to an army source. “They murdered our soldiers. If that’s not terrorism, what is it?” the source said angrily. The deaths were confirmed by a government source, though the circumstances were not given. The bloodshed is the latest episode in an escalating crisis in the Southwest and Northwest regions, home toRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) A fire swept through the main building of Cameroon’s parliament in Yaounde overnight, causing substantial damage but no injuries. The apparently accidental blaze broke out in the administrative part on the rear facade of the building, the government said, but the debating chamber is believed to have been spared. The fire was completely out by dawn on Friday, an AFP photographer saw. “A violent fire devastated the rear facade of the main building of the Ngoa Ekelle Glass Palace last night,” Cameroon’s public broadcaster CRTV reported, referring toRead More
Bamenda (Cameroon) (AFP) It’s only 8pm, but in the bars by the Hospital Roundabout, one of the liveliest nightspots in Bamenda, thoughts are already turning to last orders. “We respect the curfew, we’re going to close soon,” a waitress warns grumbling clients who would rather drink on into the night as of old, despite a police crackdown triggered by sporadic bombings, arson and killings. Bamenda, a city of about 300,000 people nestled in the mountains of western Cameroon, is the epicentre of an escalating crisis. At its source is resentmentRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) The United Nations on Friday underscored its commitment to Cameroon’s “territorial integrity and unity” as the francophone-majority country grappled with violence and separatism in two English-speaking regions. The UN’s Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) said it was deeply concerned by the upsurge in violence, “particularly against the civilian population and state agents.” UNOCA chief Francois Lounceny Fall, who is also the secretary general’s envoy for central Africa, recalled the commitment of the UN to “the territorial integrity and unity of Cameroon.” He called for calm and restraintRead More