Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: Moving towards a Ceasefire

The Southern Cameroons Defence Forces (SOCADEF), an Ambazonian armed group, agreed to the United Nations’ call for a ceasefire due to the coronavirus outbreak impacting the country.

The Cameroon government has yet to respond.

“SOCADEF are prepared to support the ceasefire and will ensure the security and free circulation of international observers and humanitarian organisations in Ambazonia […] in accordance with human rights law,” Ebenezer Akwanga, the leader of the separatist movement, wrote in a letter signed in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday 25 March. It was addressed to Cameroon’s President Paul Biya.

The SOCADEF chairman, who also heads the African People’s Liberation Movement (APLM), seized the occasion to call on the “authorities and security forces of the Republic of Cameroon to respond to the call made by the secretary-general of the United Nations,” before adding, “we are ready to meet with representatives designated by the Republic of Cameroon to work out the appropriate implementation of the ceasefire.”

Source: The Africa Report

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