Addis Ababa (National Times) -Cameroon’s Prime Minister and Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute, has met with the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, over the many political conflicts plaguing Cameroon in recent times.
The meeting took place on Saturday, February 9, on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian.
At the end of the discussion, Dion Ngute disclosed to the press that Antonio Guterres was interested in the conflicts in the sub region and especially the situation in Cameroon.
The Prime Minister also confirmed that the situation in the North West and South West Regions was also of interest to the UN Scribe. Without giving further details, Dion Ngute said everything they discussed would be carefully transmitted to the Head of State, Paul Biya who was absent at the Summit.
Later on, Antonio Guterres also confirmed to reporters that the substance of his discussion with Dion Ngute was about the too many political conflicts in Cameroon like in the North and the Anglophone Regions, which are already causing a humanitarian crisis. He argued that only a peaceful solution to this can reduce the number of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) and solve the growing humanitarian question.
It is to be noted that the main focus of the AU Summit was the case of refugee and IDPs which is growing in Africa.
According to the UN Scribe, political conflicts are the root causes of the refugee and IDP crisis and these situations cannot be well addressed without solving Africa’s too many political problems.
Recently, the UN has been pressurising the Government of Cameroon to open dialogue with separatist fighters as a way of solving the Anglophone question which has produced hundreds of thousands of thousands of refugees and IDPs.
In her recent report, the UN Resident Coordinator to Cameroon Allegra Baoiocchi, said the UN is running out of resources to take care of the millions of IDPs and refugees in Cameroon and with the rising number born out of the Anglophone Conflict, only a peaceful resolution to the conflict can help the situation.
In December 2018, the United Kingdom, America and Sweden in a Security Council presentation all called for immediate intervention in the Anglophone Conflict.
Last week, a barrage of international human rights groups also called for investigation into the gross human rights abuses committed in the Anglophone Regions.
Another case on the UN’s table is that of opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, which has received international attention from renowned organisations and human rights bodies condemning his arrest and asking the UN to intervene for his rights to be respected.
The latest was the UN’s International Law Committee, which Kamto had once been its President.
Observers of the international scene have argued that with pressure mounting on UN to intervene in Cameroon and with the conflict creating more refugees which are beyond the capacity of the organisation, Guterres must have send a strong message to the Yaoundé regime that time is running out fast and the armed solution currently pursued by the Government is causing more harm than good.