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Monday, 11 August 2008

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Essono

Utter Rubbish !!!

Fonngang

If I were Nfor Ngala Nfor, I would have, first, refused to comment on this dubious document, and second, if I really had to, I would simply make statements that are not definite. It will undermine statemanship if it turns out to be forgery which I really think it is. We all know how barbaric the Biya regime is. But I don't think they have what it takes to plan and meticulously execute an international undercover operation like that. In the first place do they have to do it that way? This is a government that cannot, even within its own borders disguise its brutality from the international community. They cannot even control their own police force in the country. But what makes the document very dubious to me is the fact that even in Cameroon where the action is, they arrest SCNC and members of other parties they do not like without warrants, lock them up for indefinite periods without as much as a charge against them and many die in these illegal detentions - and then nothing happens. Why would they spend money, risk annoying friendly countries, to do what they do back at home free of charge? Effective actions by preasure groups against African governments are done in the various countries and not from outside even if foreign governments know or should know about it. African govrnments know this all too well. They just patiently wait for he who is against them to show up one day back home. They will show you who the real boss is. They do not need to spend time and money and 'soil' their reputation or whatever they think that is called, to eliminate desidents.
But I would like to ask this question.
When Ahidjo took over as President of former East Cameroon and declared a state of emergency when fighting the marquis, we all know that this state of emergency had never been lifted even when Mr Biya came to power. Again, during the 6th April coup d'etat, Mr Biya made a speech only at the end of the coup saying everything was back to normal. He did not declare a state of emergency because there was one already by Ahidjo since 1959. Then after this 6th April coup he failed to lift it in his statement. Since then when has the state of emergency in Cameroon ever been lifted? Have we not been living in a state of emergency for almost half a century now? Please correct me if I am wrong. Do politicians think the government is wrong when they shoot into unarmed citizens protesting for their rights, students protesting for better study conditions on campus and political parties trying to hold demonstrations? How would a government allow such things in a state of emergency? How would anybody make a case against a government acting like athat under a state of emergency?
So I will like our politicians to address this issue first before doing anything else. Otherwise let them tell us when this state of emergency was lifted since Ahidjo's reign. Maybe my memory just failed me. But remember, it is not because nobody including Mr Biya himself has said nothing about it that makes it improbable.
Fon

Jojo

I think this guys just want to seek assylum some were out there cause there Mola Njoh Litumbe and Nfor Ngalla here in cameroon preaching even on TV stations in cameroon and have never been locked up why will you be caught out there this isnt true fake your document and live out there and stop pointing fingers.Alot of southern cameroonians are not even objective about this fight everyone is looking for a means to run and live abroad who do you want to fight for you here?Continue your bush hunting but more grease on the elbows of Mola Njoh Litumbe and Nfor Ngalla Nfor who are back home and fighting directly our caurse

espoir

Scnc are no treat to the hand over of bakassi to cameroon.these guys are un nationalistic individuals who must be banished from the terrotory of cameroon on account of treason.they have no place in cameroon.instead of the government wasting
state resources to eliminate them,they should be banished from the land and maybe given amnesty only when they reconcile with themselves to be proudly cameroonians.PEACE BE ON THE MOTHER LAND AND GOD BLESS.

Essono

This is another ruse by secessionists to whip up sentiments,seek global clientelism and make-believe that these renegade secessionists mov'ts are a force to reckon with in Cameroon.The timing of this post is strategic.With uncertainties hanging over the handing over of Bakassi and the cassus belli between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway Abhakazia and South Ossetia.

How is it even possible that a state would "arrest" people living under the protection of another c'ntry without prefering any charges against them according to international law?

Charles F.

The problem of "Southern Cameroons" will not be resolved unless all "Southern Cameroonians" commit to the same "cause", whatever that "cause" is.
The citizens of this territory keep sticking their head in the sand, are in denial that ever since the plebiscite of Feb 11, 1961 there has been a rift between the north and south which has never been addressed openly and honestly albeit settled. This has lead to the various players in the saga of the "maginalisation of Southern Cameroons" having their own agenda and sabotaging pacts. They will align with "LRC" just to stick it to the other guy to the detriment of thier kin. This division is the one thing keeping any "movement" from presenting a common front that can extract their due from the current arrangement of today's "Cameroon". Until all factions aggree and commit to a defined goal, the divide and conquer programme of the current goverment will continue to be effective and all this talk of "Southern Cameroons" self determinination will be just that "talk!".
In fact, dispite the screw up of past "SC"/"WC" politicians in dealing with Ahidjo, the situation could have been reversed if the players are not always selfish. Only a handfull of these politicians, now or or in the past, have fought for "SC" in the halls of Etourdi. And because they did not have any support, were quickly cast aside. The goverment in Yaounde knows all too well that in "SC" it is every man/woman for him/her self, therfore are not concerned with any consequences.
Until the person from "South West" trully believes that their destiny is intertwined with that of the "North West" and vise versa, this region will continue to be marginalized, with dilapidated roads, unreliable power and water supply, high unemploment, weakening education programmes and inadequate healthcare, just to name a few.
So far, the architects of "SC" self determination have not figured out the right mix of strategy to acheive thier "goal", until then it willbe business as usual.
--CF

Essono

Charles Forkwa,

I like the fact that u make use of the precautionary commas when refering to the so called "Southern Cams".The idea of an independent "Southern cams" came about only after the resolutions of the AAC's in Buea and B'da weren't reflected in Law n) 96/06 of 18th Jan.1996(Cameroon's const).It was the resolve of a frustrated and an expiring political élite class who had auctioned their consciences to Mephistophelis and thought they could turn back the hand of time.

The greatest danger to the anglophones in Cameroon is for us to engage in the wrong struggle,the wrong cause.Bc anglophones are increasingly getting more and more divided amongst themselves on issues such as Federalism,Secession.Federalists are split amongst themselves(the disunity reigning in opposition parties such as the SDF) and the Secessionists are at each others throat.

And even if a "Southern cams" state was to see the light of the day,the wounds laid bare by the age long NW/SW divide will weaken such a state and give room for foreign interference and worts still intervention.A perfect example of such a state is Georgia which is presently under Russian invasion and runs the risk of being split into several halves with Abhakazia and South Ossetia seeking independence with Russian support.Is this the so called "Southern cams" we want bc the current factionalism amonsgt anglophones gives room for one to believe in such a scenario.

We can only find redemption by pulling ourselves and our resources together and fight to bring about democratic change in Cameroon.A truely democratic Cameroon will then recognise the inherent diversities in the c'ntry and the rights of the various peoples who make such a union.

mk the southerner

Essono,
Infarct you said it all I want to support and support your anger by giving you an advice. Please just look for a rope climb on a good tail tree. Tie one end on a branch and the other round your neck. Make sure it is strong enough and then you jump.

After this you will not be able to see or hear trash again from those who want to break your beloved country. Adieus bro.

Essono

Mk the southerner,

That noose is meant for u blind secessionists who as soon as they feel the heat in the kitchen the first thing they do is to cowardly recoil into themselves instead of confronting the source of the problem.U're the people who are lamentably frustrated and hopeless.Contrary to us who still believe dat even in the darkest nite there is still the possiblity to see stars.

Tell me, can people who see possiblities where others have lost hope tie a noose to hang themselves? I will continue to "hear trash" from secessionists and I shall be equal to the task to stave off their diabolic schemes to fragment Cameroon.

It is just the truth that is hurting u guys bc the so called seccessionists are no better.

TAGRO

Essono and other frantic Camerounese must clearly understand that not only is the Southern Cameroons becoming free of the grip of the primitive junta installed in the late 1950s under the shadow of genocide by France, but the Camerounese state itself is coming apart.

Those who in the past preached the divide and conquer in our country, the Southern Cameroons, are now prepapring to go against each each other: the so-called Mfoundi Elite have a standing order to go to war against foreigners in Yaounde, we love that.

The Southwest chiefs who were used in the past to foster tribal hatred are now asking the right questions about the development of their areas and local autonomy.

The bedrock idea of Southern Cameroons nationalism: the respect of international law, self-determination and simple human dignity, all stranged concepts to the genocidal French-protected negroid junta in Yaounde with their politics of the bush is winning the day.

The Essonos of the world, born to the primitive thinking of the poorest and most politically backward demography in the world: French-controlled Africans, and other similar characters who crawl out from under the rocks of their politically backward francophonic repression and intellectual dishonesty as French planation slaves are fighting a losing battle. Their attempts to invoke their nurtured NW/SW divide has failed.

Soon enough, la Republique du Cameroun, la Republique Francaise du Cameroun, will be compelled to revert their primitive administration and authority in the French territorial enclave that their international boundaries delimited on January 1, 1960, a day of independence they remain the only country on earth not to commemorate because they are unable and unwilling to live a life of legality. They can run, but they can not hide! Southern Cameroons was not part of la Republique du Cameroun on that date and will never be part of it.

While I question the legitimacy of the document purporting to kill certain Southern Cameroons nationalist activists, I understand that the French-trained negroes who run the French plantation of la Republique Francaise du Cameroun, may indeed be this incompetent. They are placed in high places, like that clown Biya and his grag queen wife based on their dullness and incompetence. You are talking about a brain thrust that can not even purchase a simple plane in the 21st century.

Long Live a Free Southern Cameroons nation.

Ma Mary

Quote Essono:

"....I shall be equal to the task to stave off their diabolic schemes to fragment Cameroon."

–––From Lueven?

Flatulent la republique comedians

Ma Mary

I would pay the document no mind. Threats have come and gone. Besides, it is the risk one takes to be liberated.

mister lobot

One of the greatest problems of us Cameroonians, especially the socalled "Southern Cams" is our ignorance and misinformation. And the tendency to broadcast that misinformation. It is unfortunate that a paper as revered as the post publishes such a story without analysis or verification. The question asked by teh writer ends up unanswered in the article. All what the article does is to stir up emotions, especially from people uninformed that what is written, even though allegations, is probably true. Papers like the post are meant to inform responsibly and as accurately as possible, not just speculate for sensation. A basic question to address in this letter and article is the role of Interpol. What is Interpol the post? By addressing this simple question, which I presume was a stupid mistake in this fabricated letter, then we begin interrogation of the authenticity of the letter. The question still remains: Has Gov't Ordered Liquidation of SCNC Leaders?

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What is Interpol?

The International Criminal Police Organization, better known by its telegraphic address Interpol, is an organization facilitating international police cooperation. It was established as the International Criminal Police Commission in 1923 and adopted its telegraphic address as its name in 1956. It should not be confused with the International Police, which takes on an active uniformed role in policing war-torn countries.

In order to maintain as politically neutral a role as possible, Interpol's constitution forbids its involvement in crimes that do not overlap several member countries,[2] or in any political, military, religious, or racial crimes.[3] Its work focuses primarily on public safety, terrorism, organized crime, war crimes, illicit drug production, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child pornography, white-collar crime, computer crime, intellectual property crime and corruption

INTERPOL NOTICES

An INTERPOL notice or International Notice is a notice issued by INTERPOL to share information between its members. There are seven types of notices, six of which are known by their colour codes. The notices are issued in the official languages of INTERPOL: English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Notice types

Red notice
Requests (provisional) arrest of wanted persons, with a view to extradition.

Blue notice
Requests additional information about a person in relation to a crime.

Green notice
Provides warnings and information about (suspected) international criminals.

Yellow notice
Asks for help to locate missing persons who are unable to identify themselves (usually minors).

Black notice
Seeks information on unidentified bodies.

Orange notice
Warns police and other international organizations about potential threats from disguised weapons, parcel bombs and other dangerous materials.

INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council Special Notice
Issued for groups and individuals who are the targets of UN sanctions against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. It was created in 2005 at the request of the UN Security Council through the adoption of resolution 1617 and implemented through the adoption of INTERPOL resolution AG-2005-RES-05

besong

Ma mary, Mk the southener and Co..i just dont know what you people are trying to say here because even your 10 years old causins and nieces back home can see that that document is fake...If people like u can not stand out to find out who are those trying to use the media in other to paint thier "Adoro" (Assylum) cases abroad hence tanishing the image of the SCNC, then even ur membership to the movement should be called for questioning.Let learn to call a spade a spade...and not a shovel. I think its now clear why many of you are seriously attached to the movement and its a disgrace even to the post news paper for publishing such a questionable document without proper verifications...Oh am sure the money offer was so huged to be given a second thought of refusal. I wonder why even the fast typing Legima and rexons have not yet commented, how ever its obvious why they are silent.


Essono

Ma Mary,

Don't even understand what u're saying above?The whole so called "Southern Cams cause" is a farce geared at making money behind the backs of poor assylum seekers.Children were killed in Bamenda and Buea in february bc they came out in protest for their basic necessities.They fought and died for the real problems Cameroonians are facing(high cost of life,skyrocketing prices of food and fuel,privation from employment etc,etc,etc)

These are the problems Cameroonians are suffering nomatter where they are in that triangle.That is the cause we should be fighting for,not some utopian dreams engraved in the minds of some eccentric and choleric people with a penchant for an epoch which Cameroonians have only but a dim recollection about.Whilst these youths were facing bullets,the so called secessionists were busy making money out of assylum seekers.

And those who think that part of Cameroon will be ceded on a platter of gold and with some music and fiestas,then they are in for a rude awakening.

Essono

The truth about these so called secession mov'ts in Cameroon should be made to the world.

massamoyo

Essono,

Please I will like you to reflect your humble mind and 'pretend to be an Anglophone'. Let me ask you some few questions
1)Will you like to travel from say Kumba to Mamfe in three days which is a journey of 2hours.Within these three days you will be pushing the truck and sleeping in thick forest will your socalled brother down South are enjoying tarred roads made with money from SONARA based in Anglophone region. Remember only a two roads are tarred i.e Bamenda-Fundong and Tiko-Victoria

2)Will you be happy when the Yaounde juntas (both past and present) aim at eliminating Anglophone's infastructure like POWERCAM, MEDINO, UNVDA NDOP, WADA Wum, and lequidating others like CDC, PAMOL etc

3)Will you be happy to hear that SONARA instead of paying its taxes to Victoria Urban Council, it is paying but to Douala Council and also 88% workers in SONARA are Francophone with 12% Anglophones being sweepers and cleaners?

4)Are you aware that Foncha signed a 30years trial period for the Southern Cameroonians to join Eatern Cameroonans of which if they are not satisfied they are oblige to pull out from the union. It is now 48 years.

Essono
These are just a few of many things.
If you reflect well and have conscience, then you will realise that these SCNC guys have some points to make.

Note:Before SCNC was formed, the Anglophones have asked to have a square table conference with this junta to resolve these matter but the gov't is only using but force of argument with its military might and not argument of force.

mister lobot

Thank you Essono for reminding us of the concrete problems faced by all Cameroonians, especially those from "Southern Cam", who by no means are unique. It is unfortunate that despite the food surplus that abounds in "Southern Cam", in the Far North, there is still high dependence on the World Food Programme for "food aid". Look a the Bakas ("pygmies") of the rain forest, etc... And when protests are executed, it is for genuine suffering and despiar in the lives of all people within the territory, despite the advantages enjoyed by a few. Advantages which hold same for the so-called "elites", who have created for themselves a privileges aristorcracy that they maintain through our hierachies. See the Bamenda for example, the history of Bamenda is frought with examples of dominition of young people and, chiefs/elders forcing off te young to work in plantations on the coast; and elders/nobles selling off young men into slavery, while appropriating their female age mates. The escape of young people to teh coast was first of all engineered by oppression and exploitation by their own elders, than by the lack of resources which was taken advantage of by the federal and republican governments. Did the idea of giving goats and taking gifts or making favours begin with the union with French Cameroon? Nigeria provides the other extreme example, that being under the British can also give you the World Cup of corruption consectively. Essono, as you say, we need to focus on the things that matter and bring all Cameroonian efforts and resources together to make life better for all us. There is strength in diversity and, we should take advantage of that. And the differences between villages, ethnic groups, quartiers, seems to be more strong than issues of French and English. In both French and English Cameroon, people are more aware of ethnic inclinations than any language cultural divisions. The issue in Cameroon is mismanagement, poor policies and lack of vision. And we need all of these, together as all Cameroonians.

SET

Lapiro de Mbanga: The Emasculation of Cameroonians

Only in Cameroon, would an artist, political activist, local representative and voice of the people like Lambo Pierre Roger aka Lapiro de Mbanga; be arrested, tortured and detained indefinitely, and still not a finger raised from those he has fought for all his life.

Only in Cameroon , would a government descend to such lows; as arresting the people’s poet, the voice of the voiceless and representative of the downtrodden and concoct charges against him and still be sure that not a single Cameroonian would raise their voice. Yes, Only in Cameroon !!!

Only Cameroonians would look the other way, while the one man who has spent over 20 years fighting against a system of marginalization, exclusion, corruption, etc get arrested, barred from seeing his family, tortured and vilified by a regime without currency. Yes, only Cameroonians would allow Lapiro de Mbanga to rot in jail. As I write these words he is seriously ill in the Nkongsamba jail where he is being detained.

Only in Cameroon, can a handful of men, decide to amend the constitution and indefinitely hand the destinies of over 18 million people to a man, who has brought nothing but 25 years of misery to the same people. As Lapiro would say, « après 25 ans de gabegie, est-ce que somting fit changer? »

Yes, only Cameroonians! !! I can still remember how the people in Myanmar made sure to buzz like mosquitoes in the ears of the Military junta, until Su Su Nway’s was released. Yes, how long were we kept awake by the cries and struggles of the Myanmar people, pushing and shoving the rest of the world for her release? Don’t we still hear of Aung San Suu Kyi, even after this long? Yes, and Nway, had been an activist for a couple of years. Lapiro has been one all his life.

For the few days that Arundhati Roy was arrested by the Indian authorities, the nation came to a standstill and the citizens made it a point to rally the rest of the world and make sure she was released. That is how Indians would react. They decided to go to jail with her until her release.

Nelson Mandela has become the icon he is today, because the people of South Africa rallied for his release, and the ANC, the party to which he belonged made his the face and the name of the struggle. For 27 years, they didn’t not relent until he was released. That is why during his 90th Anniversary celebration two weeks ago, he made it clear that he owed everything to the people of South Africa and the ANC in particular. Would Lapiro be able to say the same of us in future?

Fela fought for the down trodden of Nigeria and was sure that he had the support of at least Kalakuta Republic , if not of the rest of Nigeria . Countless times he was arrested, and countless times he got all the support he didn’t ask for. Today, apart from Joe La Conscience, not one single Cameroonian artist has shown solidarity towards one of their own. Yes, the Fela of Cameroon has been abandoned by those he dug the trenches with. His own ‘complices dem for Mboko”. Yes only in Cameroon , would the junta arrest ‘Fela’ and we all go about our business as usual. In fact only Cameroonian men and women would watch in stupefying docility, at their own emasculation! !!

Is it not time we took our manhood back? Is it not time perhaps, that we took a long, long look at ourselves, our country and our responsibility towards that country?

When the people in Cameroon rose as one huge wave and made a strong statement, during the February protests, they were playing their part, and that led to the deaths of over a hundred. It is understandable then, the intimidation they have been subjected to on a daily basis by Biya and his acolytes. The people are being brutalized, tortured and killed, without fear of reprisals.

The Fundamental Role of Cameroonians in the Diaspora

But what about Cameroonians in the Diaspora? Are we totally ignorant of what is happening at home? Have we finally found a way to completely disconnect with the country of our birth? Well, one thing is certain, the responsibility now lies with each and every single Cameroonian residing outside the country to play their own small role and expose the junta we have been subjected to. A junta that has turned us into nothing but chess pieces; In Constitution Constipée Lapiro says:

Toute manipulation arbitraire de cette constitution

Est une menace contre l’intégrité de la nation toute entière

Tous les Camerounais ne sont pas d’un même parti

Tous les Camerounais ne sont pas des politiciens

Et les Camerounais de la Diaspora ne sont des Camerounais entièrement appart

Car, la vie de tout ce monde compte.

We therefore have a duty to ourselves and our country to act, and to act now! That action must start with the liberation of Lapiro de Mbanga.

If we can lobby for McCain/Obama, debate Zimbabwe , study China , support English league clubs, the least we can do for our country is be responsible citizens. For once we have to pull our resources together and challenge the junta in Yaoundé. Show them that if we do not act, it is not because we are stupid. It is time to prove them wrong, and what better way than to defend the people champion at his hour of weakness?

Nothing you do in your county, town, city, province, country of residence is too small. Write petitions, lobby governments, stage protest marches, send memos, anything, everything, that would draw attention to the plight of our people, and what better subject than Lapiro de Mbanga. Let us prove Lapiro right, when he says “And Cameroonians in the Diaspora are Cameroonians not totally apart”. Let us synchronise our efforts world wide and make sure to act as one big unstoppable Tsunami. Let us act now.

Fon M'ndere

Essono

Massamoyo,

Pls try to get a copy of Charles Atebe Eyene's book on the Southern Elite and u will realise the shocking revelations of how the élites there after 25 yrs of living under the largesse of P. Biya's regime have infact impoverished their localities.

Travel around Cameroon especially in the East and South provinces(P.Biya's prov. of origin) and u will be shocked to realise that these provinces are as disenclaved as the as the hideouts of the Talibans in Afghanistan.

U will shocked to realise that in these provinces electricity is a luxury.

U will shocked to realise that running water,schools and hospitals are farfetched in the spirits.

U would be shocked to realise that there are communities where people donot even know how a Cameroonian ID looks like.Yes,in Biya's province of origin.

I have suffered from all those problmes u have enumerated above,I am still suffering from and I shall continue to suffer from them in the foreseeable future.BUT....

But,the answer to our collective problems isn't SECESSSION.This will weaken the fight for democracy in Cameroon and give Biya the red light to use Marshal Law in this c'ntry like what was done during the Maquis against the UPC.And it will lead opportunists with covert agendas to step and take control of this beautiful c'ntry.I fear that with a move to secession,we may one day wake up from our beds and find ourselves under a military junta.This will big blow to the democratisation process in Cameroon.WE CANNOT AFFORD THAT.NO!!!!

Essono

Sorry for the numerous typing errors.Faulty keyboard.

massamoyo

Essono,
Thanks for your elaborate reply but dear reason with me also.
I buy your point though only some villages in the South are untarred.

Let me point it out to you that if the elites of the Southern Cameroon were given the same opportunities of budget like the South elite, with the Anglophone culture in mind, many roads here would have been tarred and development prosper.

The point is Souther Cameroonians are denied he opportunity to have the means to develop their areas as the South Province elites do have. You know how these Essingan guys can lavish money.

Dear Essono,Let me ask you these questions and please answer them directly with thorough research.

1)Out of the ten governors in Cameroon, how many are Anglos?

2)Out of the so many S.D.Os and D.Os in Cameroon, how many are Anglos?

3)Why is it that an Anglophone has and can never be an ambassador in Nigeria,England,America,Australia etc in short in any Anglophone Country?

4)Why is it that an Anglo has never been a minister of foreing affairs, minister of internal affairs,minister of armed forces etc?

Remeber Ahidjo and Foncha signed that all Cameroonians will be equal after the Anglophone plebicite. Then

a)Why is it that Anglos are regarded as second class people?

b)Ahy is it that the government is deliberately refusing to develop Victoria sea port?

Let me reserve some questions till further message.

Essono dear pls answer these questions point by point.

Thanks for your understanding why I feel all these pains and misregard my mistakes

rexon

Massamoyo,

Essono is simplice that have reincarnated from Belgium after being paid here to fight the SCNC and all their sister organisations. He is a paid agent for the regime. My solution to him and their ilk is to ignore them.

rexon

La Republique is stupid to think that it can silence the Southern Cameroons struggle through the assasination of its leaders. Ours is a social phenomena that does not depend on any individual. It is not like the politics of falsehood with La Republique that led to the death of the SDF. Our vision is guided by the truth of our history. No UN trusts territory have not been granted its independence. It is the legitimate right of Southern Cameroonians to be free. Even if all our leaders are killed, the struggle still remains into the minds of the people as it is a social phenomena guided by God. Our freedom is near, just keep up, Southern Cameroonians.

mister lobot

If this is the meaning of free expression and a public place of ideas, then I am extremely sorry for this load of people who label themselves "Southern Cameroonians". Free expression has given the opportunity for sensationalism, misinformation, speculation, etc... First, on must distill this myth and idea of an "Anglophone Culture". What is an "Anglophone Culture"? I conjecture thats a dificult question to asnwer. And plese dont dare tell me it has to do with honesty, efficiency and hardwork. If all these "Southern Cams" are committed, they should first refrain from receiving salaries from a state they regard as foreign, request appointments to particular positions, infrastructure form that central institution. As long as they do that, it is an endorsement and legitimisation of a democratic institution, no matter how inefficient it is. We must recognise and come to terms with the fact that Cameroon is a state, no matter how inefficient it is; and also that the so-called "Southern Cam" is a pressure group and remains asuch. Even its sitting in the UN is obsevatory and, as a recognised minority. And I am perplexed by the idea that even though we (especially the Western Highlands, together with the West Province I conjecture) constitute Cameroon's most densely populated area. Thus, we are in no way a minority. This labelling should be promptly corrected. In life we are advised to focus on the things that matter, learn to change the things we can't, accept the ones we cannot and know the difference between the two. The fact remains that a divided Cameroon, along colonial language grounds stands on sinking sand. Let us also be clear that speaking English alone does not qualify you to be diplomat in an English speaking country. And whoever is appointed SDO, minister, etc..., the ultimate expectation is for honesty, transparency and good service to the community. It is unfortunate and true that there is domination by a small governing class - the elite, but that is the case in many so-called democracies. In the US we see how families govern and regovern. But thats not the point. The expectation is that they address the general good of the community. The resources and time that we invest in this diversion called "Southern Cameroon" is our biggest deluge. Cameroon must and will return to a federal sytem, in fact a conferederation of smaller states. Constructed along the lines of area politics (villages). Until each of us learn to be patriotic towards where we first stay and grow up, even having a Southern Cameroons is an irresponsible chase. The law that Cameroonians have a right to live, grow, invest and build everywhere in the national territory must be re-established in practice. I have the conviction that if Victoria Port was Bafoussam Port, the people of the West province would have jumped into making it a reality without waiting for manners to drop from Yaounde. And let us be clear about the fact that Cameroonians suffer, despite teh advantages faced by some. The Anglophones are discriminated, but they are not the sole and worse. And so you may know and check the facts, French Cameroun voted "No" to join English Cameroon in the referendum. We ate our cake and, I don't think we can have it again. We need more awareness and information on our predicament. We choose the path we are taking now and we have to make the best of it.

Bueaman

This piece of paper is a complete fabrication. I am at pains to understand how anyone of sound mind would even bother to comment on its contents. Just take a look at all the typographical errors, beginning with the letterhead.
Please let us focus our energy on something more worthwhile.
Cheers

Essono

Rexon,

I have what it takes to keep this forum alive with a contrary opinion from urs on this issue of secession.U shall find me a worthy oponent for a very long time.I'm not Simplice,and donot live in belgium 4 ur info.But u can believe dat,I don't care.Let the debate start!!!

Essono

Massamoyo,

I shall take on u later.Thanx 4 referring to me as "dear" but let's keep civilities aside when exchanging on serious political issues.Thanx

Atangha

Dear All:
If some of us belive that Paul Biya is the problem, let's settle and get rid of him as soon as possible. On the other hand, if Southern Cameroonians are fighting for their cause, I don't see why some people who don't like the cause are like playing a hide and seek game in trying to say it doesn't exist. You can't say you neither a Francophone or an Anglophone. Better still, you're either a Francophone or an Anglophone and not both. If you don't wanna be an Anglophone, you can choose to be a Francophone and vice versa. So, it's a bit of a misnomer to fight those fighting for their rights, whereas Biya is there and you aren't doing anything to chase him. Unfortunately, you take more pleasure in chasing those who're out to end Biya's dictatorship.

As concern the above article, is they (the Biya regime) that send out that "message" to eliminate their enemies. If you have worked and knows this regime well, you'll agree with me that they're capable of the doing anything to presever their stay in power. They don't care a damn about Cameroonians, let alone their well-being; their preoccupation is how long can the survive to rule Cameroon at all cost - even if it means killing everyone. In a nutshell, that "message" is authentic!

Another big problem with Cameroonians is that we're ill-informed and we don't do anything to go for genuine facts. We contend oursleves with what is written in pages of newspapers - most of which are half-truths and heresies. That's not journalism being done by our journalists! One of our news organs should have gone to see the signatory of this "message" and confront him. However, If we had a true government, they'd have come out to distance from the signatory of that letter. Trust them, they would not do anything.

Finally, I'll paste hereunder a definition of who's an Anglophone, etc. More of what I've posted on email groups:

Ni Fon:

Thanks for that posting!

I hope Mr. Lucien Solefack now has some facts about Southern Cameroons. In addition, he can go closer to Pr. Shanda Tomne who knows the problem more than some of his Francophone brothers and sisters.

Furthermore, the advocates of the Southern Cameroon struggle have been sending the wrong message out. Our problem is not marginalisation as such - it is the disappearance of the State of Southern Cameroon. Sending the wrong message out breathes more confusion in a country where divide and rule is the stock-in-trade. That's why you'll hear some people saying, "Nous à la Lekié, nous avons aussi des problémes chez-nous," etc.

For the advocates of Southern Cameroon: do not use marginalisation as a bargaining tool. It's a distraction created by the Ahidjo & Biya dictatorships. For exapmle, some people will say that they have never had a minister, while some have had more than one.

On the other hand, Mr. Ateba Eyene Charles is selling the idea that his province [South] has had all the important ministries and ministers and president, but has nothing to show as develoment since the advent of the Biya dictatorship. Similarly, the people of Manyu will say they too want a PM since they're more populated than the people of Fako? In other words, marginalisation is an internal problem that can be tackled when the real issue of the Statehood of Southern Cameroons has been resolved.

So, reclaiming the State of Southern Cameroon should be the way forward. it can be achieved soon if the various leadership come together and speak with ONE VOICE, and also sending a concise message as it should be. If this is done, no one will styled them as an "Obscure separatist movement seeks support."

Thats how I see it.

Microwave asked:
"Mr. Atanga:
For the purpose of clarity, I would like you to define to me, in the context of Cameroon in particular and maybe the world in general, who a Francophone is and who an Anglophone is. We should first of all have a common ground in defining both. My little input into this debate will hang in the air if this is not made clear. Thanks in advance."

"My Answer:
Having said that, and in today's context, a Francophone is someone whose village is in that part of the Cameroons which was colonised by France & acquired her Independence on January 1, 1960. Also, an Anglophone is someone whose village is in that part of the Cameroons that was colonised by Great Britain and voted for the plebiscite on 11 February 1961 to achieve her Independence by either reuniting with LRC or by joining the Federal Republic of Nigeria."

Microwave:

Personality conflict won't do us any good. It is highly desirable if we stay on issues. Remember: the late Pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah once said that if you seek ye the political kingdom, everything will follow. All the good, the bad and the ugly come to us because of politics. If you run away from it, it'll keep following you.That said, I stand by that definition of who's an Anglophone. Moreover, I know that some people [citizens of LRC] settled in Southern Cameroons in the '40 and '50s as a result of the French-sponsored terrorism that was in LRC. Some returned when there was relative peace, while others settled for good. It wasn't a bad thing and it isn't today. I know that there're citizens of SC (mostly from Ndop) who settled in Akonolinga; they don't even speak pidgin let alone the English language.However, no country can prosper without immigrants. America is what it is today because of those who came and naturalised. As US citizens, they cannot agitate for their own State; they never came as a State or with one. They just have to settle wherever the like and abide by the values and institutions of the United States of America. That's why Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't advocate for an Austrian State since he came from there, but decided to choose California as his new home. He is today a Governor and can never be president because he was not born in the United States of America? Coming back to the issue, it is unfortunate that some people have been and are still claiming that they don't have an identity; they want an 11th province. They can even advocate for the 12th province if they want, but that has nothing to do with the NW & SW provinces. In like manner, it's like a child saying that he doesn't have/know the father or that his mother is unwilling to tell him the truth about his father. If he insists, the mother will tell him. Citizenship at times is by choice. If you have chosen to be a Southern Cameroonian, West Cameroonian and or Anglo-Cameroonian, you have to go their way and not the vice versa. And so, you're either in or out, but not in between.
I end my case:
Celestin

Finally a UNITED ANGLOPHONE COMMUNITY is an antidote to dictatorship in Cameroon. For those who don't know it was thanks to JN Foncha that brought peace to the various tribes in LRC.
Atangha


Atangha

Dear All:
If some of us belive that Paul Biya is the problem, let's settle and get rid of him as soon as possible. On the other hand, if Southern Cameroonians are fighting for their cause, I don't see why some people who don't like the cause are like playing a hide and seek game in trying to say it doesn't exist. You can't say you neither a Francophone or an Anglophone. Better still, you're either a Francophone or an Anglophone and not both. If you don't wanna be an Anglophone, you can choose to be a Francophone and vice versa. So, it's a bit of a misnomer to fight those fighting for their rights, whereas Biya is there and you aren't doing anything to chase him. Unfortunately, you take more pleasure in chasing those who're out to end Biya's dictatorship.

As concern the above article, is it they (the Biya regime) that send out that "message" to eliminate their enemies. If you have worked and knows this regime well, you'll agree with me that they're capable of the doing anything to preserve their stay in power. They don't care a damn about Cameroonians, let alone their well-being; their preoccupation is how long can the survive to rule Cameroon at all cost - even if it means killing everyone. In a nutshell, that "message" is authentic!

Another big problem with Cameroonians is that we're ill-informed and we don't do anything to go for genuine facts. We contend oursleves with what is written in pages of newspapers - most of which are half-truths and heresies. That's not journalism being done by our journalists! One of our news organs should have gone to see the signatory of this "message" and confront him. However, If we had a true government, they'd have come out and distance themself from the signatory of that letter. Trust them, they would not do anything.

Finally, I'll paste hereunder a definition of who's an Anglophone, etc. More of what I've posted on email groups:

Ni Fon:

Thanks for that posting!

I hope Mr. Lucien Solefack now has some facts about Southern Cameroons. In addition, he can go closer to Pr. Shanda Tomne who knows the problem more than some of his Francophone brothers and sisters.

Furthermore, the advocates of the Southern Cameroon struggle have been sending the wrong message out. Our problem is not marginalisation as such - it is the disappearance of the State of Southern Cameroon. Sending the wrong message out breathes more confusion in a country where divide and rule is the stock-in-trade. That's why you'll hear some people saying, "Nous à la Lekié, nous avons aussi des problémes chez-nous," etc.

For the advocates of Southern Cameroon: do not use marginalisation as a bargaining tool. It's a distraction created by the Ahidjo & Biya dictatorships. For exapmle, some people will say that they have never had a minister, while some have had more than one.

On the other hand, Mr. Ateba Eyene Charles is selling the idea that his province [South] has had all the important ministries and ministers and president, but has nothing to show as develoment since the advent of the Biya dictatorship. Similarly, the people of Manyu will say they too want a PM since they're more populated than the people of Fako? In other words, marginalisation is an internal problem that can be tackled when the real issue of the Statehood of Southern Cameroons has been resolved.

So, reclaiming the State of Southern Cameroon should be the way forward. it can be achieved soon if the various leadership come together and speak with ONE VOICE, and also sending a concise message as it should be. If this is done, no one will styled them as an "Obscure separatist movement seeks support."

Thats how I see it.

Microwave asked:
"Mr. Atanga:
For the purpose of clarity, I would like you to define to me, in the context of Cameroon in particular and maybe the world in general, who a Francophone is and who an Anglophone is. We should first of all have a common ground in defining both. My little input into this debate will hang in the air if this is not made clear. Thanks in advance."

"My Answer:
Having said that, and in today's context, a Francophone is someone whose village is in that part of the Cameroons which was colonised by France & acquired her Independence on January 1, 1960. Also, an Anglophone is someone whose village is in that part of the Cameroons that was colonised by Great Britain and voted for the plebiscite on 11 February 1961 to achieve her Independence by either reuniting with LRC or by joining the Federal Republic of Nigeria."

Microwave:

Personality conflict won't do us any good. It is highly desirable if we stay on issues. Remember: the late Pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah once said that if you seek ye the political kingdom, everything will follow. All the good, the bad and the ugly come to us because of politics. If you run away from it, it'll keep following you.That said, I stand by that definition of who's an Anglophone. Moreover, I know that some people [citizens of LRC] settled in Southern Cameroons in the '40 and '50s as a result of the French-sponsored terrorism that was in LRC. Some returned when there was relative peace, while others settled for good. It wasn't a bad thing and it isn't today. I know that there're citizens of SC (mostly from Ndop) who settled in Akonolinga; they don't even speak pidgin let alone the English language.However, no country can prosper without immigrants. America is what it is today because of those who came and naturalised. As US citizens, they cannot agitate for their own State; they never came as a State or with one. They just have to settle wherever the like and abide by the values and institutions of the United States of America. That's why Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't advocate for an Austrian State since he came from there, but decided to choose California as his new home. He is today a Governor and can never be president because he was not born in the United States of America? Coming back to the issue, it is unfortunate that some people have been and are still claiming that they don't have an identity; they want an 11th province. They can even advocate for the 12th province if they want, but that has nothing to do with the NW & SW provinces. In like manner, it's like a child saying that he doesn't have/know the father or that his mother is unwilling to tell him the truth about his father. If he insists, the mother will tell him. Citizenship at times is by choice. If you have chosen to be a Southern Cameroonian, West Cameroonian and or Anglo-Cameroonian, you have to go their way and not the vice versa. And so, you're either in or out, but not in between.
I end my case:
Celestin"

Finally a UNITED ANGLOPHONE COMMUNITY is an antidote to dictatorship in Cameroon. For those who don't know it was thanks to JN Foncha that brought peace to the various tribes in LRC.
Atangha

red flag

ESSONO, LOBOT,ESPOIR, ETC YOU ARE ALL NEW COMERS, CITIZENS OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY KNOWN AS LA REPUBLIC FRANCAISE DU CAMEROUN. WHICH HAS ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED BRITISSH SOUTHERN CAMEROONS SINCE 1961 IE
47 YRS. I WONDER IF YOU PEOPLE KNOW THAT
THE VOTE TO UNITE TO FRENCH CAMEROUN WAS VOLUNTARY> AND THAT SOUTHERN CAMEROONS HAD A RIGHT TO WITHDRAW INWITHING 30 YRS IF SHE FELT, AND THAT THAT VOTE WAS FOR
A FEDERATION OF 2 SEPERATE AND EQUAL STATES. AND NOT A PROVINCE FOR SOUTHERN CAMEROONS? I WONDER WHETHER YOUR 2 PRESIDENTS DID USED ANY REASONING AT ALL OR SIMPLE CONSULTATION FROM US, WHEN THEY ANNEXE US? WHEN THEY CHANGE OUR
TOWNS NAME FROM VICTORIA TO LIMBA, WHEN THEY DESTROY POWERCAM, WHEN THEY, DESTROY CAMBANK, WHEN THEY, SEIZE CDC. WHEN THEY SEIZED OUR EDUCATION FROM BUEA
TO YAOUNDE, WHEN THEY CANCELLED OUR CITY $GUILDS, WHEN THEY. BOMBED LAKE NYOS AND KILLED 2000, WHEN THEY, KILLED STUDENTS IN BUEA, KUMBA AND BAMENDA,
WHEN THEY EXPOIT OUR OIL AND STORED IT IT YOUR OWN COUNTRY IE DOUALA. WHEN WE HAVE TO BE RULLED BY ILLETERATE FOREIGNERS WHO SPEAKS FOREIG LANGUAGE (FRENCH) TO OUR PAAS IN OUR TERRITORY?
DID YOUR 2 PRESIDENTS, THE DEATH ONE AND TH ONE ALIVE, EVER CONSULTED US?
THE ANSWER IS NO. WHICH MEANS TO EVRY RIGHT THINKING PERSON, THAT HIS INTENTIONS IS EVIL AND HE IS BENT ON ANNIHILATING US. HE EVEN SAID THAT IN FRANCE, 2 YRS AGO. THAT HE INTEND TO MAKE US FRENCH SPEAKING PEOPLE, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?, ITS CALLED CULTURAL GENOCIDE. NOW HAVEN KILLED, RAPED, TOTURE, STEAL. LIED.AND THE WORLD HAVE DONE NOTHING TO BIYA PAUL, HE NOW THINKS ITS OK TO EXPORT HIS HANDIWORK ABROAD.

AND THAT WHERE HE IS GOING TO BE TRIED AT TE HAGUE AND HANG LIKE SADDHAM HUSEIN, TOS NAMES OF OUR CITIZENS, THEY ARE NOT CAMEROUNESE, THEY ARE CITIZENS OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY CALLED SOUTHERN CAMEROONS, AND BIYA AND HIS MEN
WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE SHOULD ANY THING HAPPENS TO THEM HERE IN THE STATES.
FIRST, OF ALL WE HERE AARE NOT JUST SLEPING, IT WONT EVEN HAPPENED, WE WILL CATCH THES BANDITS AND OUNISH THEM SQUARELY BEFORE AN ANGLOPHONE AMERICAN COURT, UNDER OUR BRITISH COMMON LAWS, WHICH PAUL BIYA HAE DESTOYED IN OUR SOUTHERN CAMEROONS.

SOO, TO ALL THESE EVIL MINDED CRMINALS
ESSONO, LOBOT,ESPOIR, I SAY TO YOU AN EYE
FOR AN EYE, YOU FRENCH NEGROES ARE OUR
ENEMY AND YOUR ARE A CANCER ON OUR COUNTRYSBODY, SOO KNOW THAT WE DONT WANT YOU CLOSE TO US.

STAY OFF OUR POLITICS, ARE AFFAIRS, OUR CULTURES AND OUR TERRITORY.

LONG LIVE THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF SOUTHERN CAMEROONS, LONG LIVE SCNC

massamoyo

Mister Lobot,

Listen to yourself
1)"If all these "Southern Cams" are committed, they should first refrain from receiving salaries from a state they regard as foreign"

Qn)Where is this money that you pay Anglos as salaries come from Mr. Lobot? Dont you know it is coming from our oil reserves in Victoria(or soon you will say Victoria andBakassi is in the East), the money is from the selling of our banana, tea from Ndu,Tole etc,Cocoa and Tea from Southern cams,Timber etc etc. Mr. Lobot we know it is our money stolen by your govnt so why should we refuse it. It sound as if you dont know where your country's wealth. You are driving me cracy now as tomorrow you will claim La Republique fought for our Bakassi

Here Lobot again

2)"And so you may know and check the facts, French Cameroun voted "No" to join English Cameroon in the referendum"

Qn: Was it the Northern Cameroon and Southern Cameroon that had this referendum to either join Eastern Cameroon or vice versa. Which year did what you are saying happened? LEt me inform your ignorant mind that Northern Cams now Gongola and Taraba States of Nigeria voted to join Nigeria while our fore fathers foolishly voted to join East Cameroon.

Lobot over

mister lobot

......thought 'aglosaxon values' do not promote insults in civil debates or public space. wherever that comes from, most probably, its not "anglosaxon". an "anglophone", if it really essentially does exist in cameroon should display such humility and respect... where has the force of argument gone to?... I am surprised that while other countries tend to divorce themselves from the colonial past by changing names and dissociating themselves from old continuities, there are still those yearning for such dependence. and check your facts where the referendums were held - former British Cameroons seems to believe this decision was voted only by them. And check your facts, at least French Cameroun, through the UPC struggle against the colonial government and for independence, losing lots of lives. Well, in English Cameroons? Intrigues, divisions, Foncha vs Endeley vs Jua vs Muna, etc... where is this romantic harmony that you so much talk about and believe in about the old past? Fondoms and chieftaincies have always demanded "gifts" to visit the fon; families requesting fowls, goats, bundles of fofoo and achu, drums of oil for marriages. If anything, these 'values' and practices have been transported into our current setup to pilage the state... and please, this is a market place of ideas, a forum for debate and not a place to throw insults. if you seek that republic that you so much talk about, it should begin with some basic civil values or else, we reproduce the same anarchy that now reigns. equality and equity are two different things. what we seek for from the current government is one of these two or both. even in a partnership, one has an upperhand. whatever the case, we should acknowledge the inequalities and difficulties faced in coming from certain parts of Cameroon. Yet, Cameroon is a state and must be respected asuch. I recall that song we used to sing: "I was born a Cameroon, I shall live a Cameroonian and I shall die a Cameroonian!" Ha!

Tombele

They are so many idiots on this forum that it makes me laugh. If they are idiots specially francophones who have stolen scholarships meant for ANGLOPHONES and are trying to write such rubbish they should go join the rest of the idiots ruling la republique stupide francaise du cameroun.Your other brothers in Ivory Coast and much smarter than you, they saw that france was their problem and tried to kick them out. With ANGLOPHONES educating you for so many years with no resources, you still don't get it. france always picks some retarded imbecile from a backward tribe to rule its colonies in Africa. They picked the hutus in Rhuwanda and you know what happened with the french involved. Look at Rhuwanda today with the smart TUTSIS running the place, they have FREEWAYS, ENGLISH SCHOOLS, the economy is booming, (because English is NUMBER ONE in the world today, the latest technological discoveries are ENGLISH not french) The Rhuwandan President speaks English when the stinky, brutal and cowardly french speak to him. Rhuwanda has just published volumes implicating the french of genocide in Rhuwanda. The useless french can't win a war, they were beaten badly hiding in a valley in Vietnam. These cowardly french then come to Africa to show their power especially in cameroon (they should be held accountable for the genocide on the BAMILEKES) by killing young students, women and defenceless children to rub the resources in cameroon. You can see them in their jeeps in cameroon, why not go to Afghanistan??? The smart TUTSIS of SC will liberate the progressive thinking ANGLOPHONES. GOD BLESS SOUTHERN CAMEROON MOVEMENT!!!!!!!!!!

massamoyo

Mister Lobot,

Listen to yourself
1)"If all these "Southern Cams" are committed, they should first refrain from receiving salaries from a state they regard as foreign"

Qn)Where is this money that you pay Anglos as salaries come from Mr. Lobot? Dont you know it is coming from our oil reserves in Victoria(or soon you will say Victoria andBakassi is in the East), the money is from the selling of our banana, tea from Ndu,Tole etc,Cocoa and Tea from Southern cams,Timber etc etc. Mr. Lobot we know it is our money stolen by your govnt so why should we refuse it. It sound as if you dont know where your country's wealth. You are driving me cracy now as tomorrow you will claim La Republique fought for our Bakassi

Here Lobot again

2)"And so you may know and check the facts, French Cameroun voted "No" to join English Cameroon in the referendum"

Qn: Was it the Northern Cameroon and Southern Cameroon that had this referendum to either join Eastern Cameroon or vice versa. Which year did what you are saying happened? LEt me inform your ignorant mind that Northern Cams now Gongola and Taraba States of Nigeria voted to join Nigeria while our fore fathers foolishly voted to join East Cameroon.

Lobot over

Ma Mary

Southern Cameroons: SCNC Present Case to European Commission
Friday, 15 August 2008

Sample ImageThe Southern Cameroons National Council has met with European Commission representatives and raised afresh their concerns over human rights in Cameroon.

Below is an article published by UNPO:

14 August 2008, Brussels – As the institutions of the European Union begin to prepare themselves for a return to business as usual after the summer months, UNPO was able to bring together members of the Southern Cameroons Nations Council (SCNC) and representatives of the Union’s Development and External Relations sections in a meeting to discuss the current situation in the troubled country of Cameroon.

The SCNC delegation, headed by Chief Ayamba Otun Ette, who was accompanied by Prince Lawrence, and members of the SCNC (Belgium) branch, used the meeting to reiterate the ongoing human rights abuses in the Republic of Cameroon and the discrimination encountered by Cameroonian citizens living in the former British Cameroons area of the country.

Present to hear the evidence and personal testimony of the SCNC delegation were Mr. Pieter Bangma (Civil Society Liaison), Ms. Clodagh O’Brien (Relations with Central Africa and the Great Lakes), Ms. Ivanka Lakova (Development and Relations with African, Caribbean, and Pacific States), and Ms. Kateriina Leinonen (Multilateral Relations and Human Rights).

In a meeting that lasted almost two hours, EU representatives were presented with documents listing the nature of human rights abuses in the Republic of Cameroon, evidence of the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources in Southern Cameroons, and copies of the many appeals made to international statesmen calling for censure of the Biya administration in the Republic of Cameroon.

Responding to questions put forward by the SCNC delegation, representatives of the European Commission were able to suggest contacts within the Europeans Union’s institutions and the Commission’s delegation in Cameroon itself who could assist the SCNC’s work.

Several suggestions were also made regarding the possibilities for improved coverage of the Southern Cameroons case. This included focussing greater attention on building links with the international media to improve visibility and coverage of the situation in Southern Cameroons.

Approaching the offices of retired United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan with a view to investigating and redressing the grievances of the Southern Cameroons people was also posited. Similarly, the lack of any questions before the European Parliament was also seen as a matter that could be addressed through Assembly members of the European Union-African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States organization.

The meeting therefore left SCNC with new and potentially valuable avenues in which to direct their current and future campaigns and activities. From the positive reception UNPO received it also bodes well for developing relationships within Europe and beyond to be benefit of all UNPO’s Members. This meeting will be followed by a further meeting, also organised by UNPO, which will be held between the SCNC and the EuropeAid agency of the European Union. It is hoped this will continue the progress being made to publicise the cases of UNPO’s Members at the heart of European decision-making.

Ma Mary

Southern Cameroons: SCNC Present Case to European Commission
Friday, 15 August 2008

Sample ImageThe Southern Cameroons National Council has met with European Commission representatives and raised afresh their concerns over human rights in Cameroon.

Below is an article published by UNPO:

14 August 2008, Brussels – As the institutions of the European Union begin to prepare themselves for a return to business as usual after the summer months, UNPO was able to bring together members of the Southern Cameroons Nations Council (SCNC) and representatives of the Union’s Development and External Relations sections in a meeting to discuss the current situation in the troubled country of Cameroon.

The SCNC delegation, headed by Chief Ayamba Otun Ette, who was accompanied by Prince Lawrence, and members of the SCNC (Belgium) branch, used the meeting to reiterate the ongoing human rights abuses in the Republic of Cameroon and the discrimination encountered by Cameroonian citizens living in the former British Cameroons area of the country.

Present to hear the evidence and personal testimony of the SCNC delegation were Mr. Pieter Bangma (Civil Society Liaison), Ms. Clodagh O’Brien (Relations with Central Africa and the Great Lakes), Ms. Ivanka Lakova (Development and Relations with African, Caribbean, and Pacific States), and Ms. Kateriina Leinonen (Multilateral Relations and Human Rights).

In a meeting that lasted almost two hours, EU representatives were presented with documents listing the nature of human rights abuses in the Republic of Cameroon, evidence of the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources in Southern Cameroons, and copies of the many appeals made to international statesmen calling for censure of the Biya administration in the Republic of Cameroon.

Responding to questions put forward by the SCNC delegation, representatives of the European Commission were able to suggest contacts within the Europeans Union’s institutions and the Commission’s delegation in Cameroon itself who could assist the SCNC’s work.

Several suggestions were also made regarding the possibilities for improved coverage of the Southern Cameroons case. This included focussing greater attention on building links with the international media to improve visibility and coverage of the situation in Southern Cameroons.

Approaching the offices of retired United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan with a view to investigating and redressing the grievances of the Southern Cameroons people was also posited. Similarly, the lack of any questions before the European Parliament was also seen as a matter that could be addressed through Assembly members of the European Union-African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States organization.

The meeting therefore left SCNC with new and potentially valuable avenues in which to direct their current and future campaigns and activities. From the positive reception UNPO received it also bodes well for developing relationships within Europe and beyond to be benefit of all UNPO’s Members. This meeting will be followed by a further meeting, also organised by UNPO, which will be held between the SCNC and the EuropeAid agency of the European Union. It is hoped this will continue the progress being made to publicise the cases of UNPO’s Members at the heart of European decision-making.

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