Cameroon (National Times)-The Vatican Secretary in charge of Relations with State, Mgr Paul Richard Gallagher, says his Government is willing to mediate in the ongoing conflict between the Government of Cameroon and the Ambazonia separatists that has affected the two English-speaking Regions of Cameroon for the past three years.
Speaking in a meeting with Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations, Lejeune Mbella Mbella on the sideline of the 40thUN Human Rights Council meeting, Mgr Gallagher said his institution with a moral and political background wants to help the Government of Cameroon and the people of Cameroon to end the conflict which has already killed thousands and led to enormous material loss.
The Man of God expressed its wish that the Vatican would be granted the opportunity to step in and engage all parties in a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
The move is coming less than one year since the International Crisis Group urged the Roman Catholic Church to use its influential position in Cameroon and mediate in the conflict.
This is backed by the fact that the Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian mission in Cameroon and most State officials including Paul Biya are members of the Church.
Moreover, the Catholic Church in Cameroon has suffered enormous human and material damages in the course of the war in the North West and South West regions including the killing of some of its Priests and the destruction of the Church’s properties.
All eyes are now turned towards the Cameroon government whether it would heed to this latest development, shun the military cruise which is instead worsening the situation and call for negotiations in the presence of a third party as many national and international bodies have requested