WCA ENDORSES THE RECENT PRESS RELEASE BY THE DEFENCE TEAM OF IMPRISONED ANGLOPHONE CONSORTIUM LEADERS AND OTHERS AS FORWARD LOOKING AND SOLUTION-ORIENTED
The West Cameroon Association (WCA) welcomes the forward looking and solution-oriented Press Release of April 13th 2017 signed by Barrister Ben Muna, Batonier Emeritus and lead Counsel for the defence team of Lawyers acting for the imprisoned Consortium Leaders – Barrister Agbor Balla, Dr Neba Fontem and others.
WCA is particularly encouraged that the press release, which is aimed at seeking a peaceful resolution to the current Anglophone crisis that has gripped the country for the past six months, emphasises the pivotal role the jailed Consortium leaders Dr. Agbor Balla and Dr Neba Fontem could play, following their release, towards finding a lasting solution to the problem.
This aligns with the opinion that WCA has held throughout this crisis – that those leaders have maintained their integrity and would therefore be perceived by the majority of people in West Cameroon as bonafide counterparties in negotiating an acceptable settlement to the Anglophone Problem.
WCA is therefore calling on the government of La République du Cameroun (LRC) to release all West Cameroonian detainees, grant amnesty to those who have fled the country or are in hiding and to guarantee their safety and human rights on their return.
WCA specifically urges the Head of State, H.E Paul Biya to seize the opportunity that this moment presents and convene a constitutional conference of all relevant stakeholders to seek a comprehensive, thorough and enduring resolution to the historic issues that keep precipitating the manifestation of the Anglophone Problem.
WCA warns that any further unilateral actions and delays on the part of the government of LRC could lead to more violence and unnecessary suffering where there will be no winners but only losers including but not limited to the people of West Cameroon, the government and people of LRC, neighbouring countries and the international community at large.
It is now becoming increasingly apparent to both national and international observers that militarising West Cameroon or dictating solutions by decree or unilateral action will not solve the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon. WCA strongly believes that dialogue with properly constituted credible stakeholders from West Cameroon, LRC, the African Union and the United Nations represents the best way forward for seeking a lasting solution.
God bless West Cameroon.
The WCA is a Think Tank and a collective of English-speaking Cameroonians based in Cameroon and the Diaspora.
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