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Cameroonian government’s negotiation preconditions mean reduction in secessionist armed attacks, kidnapping, and general strikes unlikely

13 May 2019

Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute arrived in Bamenda, Northwest region, on 9 May to announce that the government was seeking to engage in dialogue with secessionist insurgents that operate in Cameroon's English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions.

The United Nations Security Council called a meeting for 13 May to discuss the insurgency, which has likely caused President Paul Biya to agree to arrange such talks to placate his international allies. On 10 May, the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF), which boasts widespread support in the English-speaking regions, called for an immediate ceasefire, insisting that its chairman, John Fru Ndi, mediate the talks and, like the government, that secessionism must be categorically ruled out from negotiations.

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