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Commonwealth secretary-general’s visit unlikely to bring ceasefire between Cameroonian government and Anglophone separatists

21 December 2017


Commonwealth secretary-general Baroness Patricia Scotland on 20 December urged Cameroonians to resolve the current crisis pitting Anglophone secessionists against the government through peaceful dialogue.

Baroness Scotland is currently in Cameroon on a four-day official visit, during which she said the Commonwealth of Nations inter-governmental organisation is ready to contribute to a peaceful resolution of the current crisis. She has met with senior Cameroonian government officials, including President Paul Biya, and is scheduled to meet opposition parties and Anglophone civil society organisations. Baroness Scotland’s call for a peaceful resolution of the crisis with intent to preserve the unity of the country has already drawn condemnation from opinion leaders in the Anglophone secessionist community and is unlikely to bring the conflicted parties to the table.

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