Cameroon: No talks with independence leaders until after February polls
The Cameroonian government does not intend to participate in talks with the Ambazonians until local elections have been held.
A delegation from the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) was to go to Cameroon at the end of November to meet the government, but the government canceled the meeting without re-scheduling.
According to our sources, Yaoundé does not intend to participate in talks with the Ambazonians until the implementation of the measures emerging from the Great National Dialogue in October (in particular the special status for the region’s English speakers) and until local elections – slated for February – are held.
Two opposing camps at the presidential palace
Even after these deadlines, the holding of talks remains uncertain.
The separatists themselves are divided.
And, at the presidential palace, two camps clash.
- On the one hand, the supporters of a hard line, rather opposed to dialogue and represented by Samuel Mvondo Ayolo, the director of the civil cabinet, and by Joseph Dion Ngute, the Prime Minister.
- On the other, a more open-minded group, embodied by Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, the secretary general of the presidency.
Abroad, mediation also has its supporters and its detractors: the United States is very favourable, while France is more opposed to it.