Cameroon Denies Asking For Help With Anglophone Separatist Crisis

 Cameroon’s Government Says It Has Not Asked Any Country To Mediate Its Conflict With Anglophone Sep­aratists, Apparently Denying A Statement From Canada That It Had Been Assigned To Work On A Peace Process.

The Cameroonian Government “Has Not Entrusted Any Foreign Country Or External Entity With Any Role Of Mediator Or Facilitator To Settle The Crisis,” It Said In A Statement On Monday That Did Not Directly Mention Canada.

On January 21, Canada’s Foreign Min­istry Said It Had Accepted A Mandate To Facilitate A Peace Process Between Cam­eroonian Authorities And Some Separatist Factions In English-Speaking Regions To Resolve A Conflict That Has Gone On Since 2017.

A Spokesperson For The Anglophone Separatists, Who Are Trying To Form A Breakaway State Called Ambazonia In The Country’s Minority English-Speaking Regions, Said They Had Taken Note Of The Government’s Latest Statement But Would Not Comment Further.

They Had Previously Said They Were Committed To A Negotiated Process Man­dated By Canada.

There Was No Immediate Comment By Canada’s Foreign Ministry.

The United States Embassy In Camer­oon’s Capital, Yaounde, Said On Twitter On Monday That It Welcomed Canada’s Announcement Of Talks To Resolve The Crisis.

Cameroon’s Separatist Movement Stems From The Perceived Marginalisation Of The English-Speaking Community By The French-Speaking Majority Since A 1961 Plebiscite Fused Both Parts Of The Country Into One. —New Agencies

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