Cameroon: Controversy Over Canada Mediated Peace Bid
Religious leaders in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have taken a stance different from that of the State, welcoming Canada’s announcement of a planned dialogue between the government and separatist leaders to resolve the protracted conflict in the two English-speaking regions of the Central African nation.
On January 20, Canada’s foreign ministry announced in a statement that warring parties in the Anglophone crisis had agreed to “enter into a process aimed at resolving a conflict that has killed over 6,000 people”, Reuters reported.
“Canada welcomes the agreement by the parties to enter a process to reach a comprehensive, peaceful and political resolution of the conflict,” Canada’s Foreign Minister, Mélanie Joly, was quoted as saying.
The statement of the Canadian government official further indicated, “Canada had accepted a mandate to facilitate the process and the parties have agreed to form technical committees to begin work on confidence-building measures.”