Few days ago we published a post about the Common Wealth intension to intervene in the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon and many Anglophone Cameroonians were already speculating that Common wealth was coming to back the idea of Federalism or the establishment of Amazonia; that many Cameroonians view as the ultimate solution to the Anglophone crisis. However a document we received from a reliable source clearly suggest that Common wealth is neither in support of Federalism nor Secession. Their main intention of intervening in the Anglophone crisis, is due to the numerous report that they have received about Human right violations in the Anglophone section of Cameroon i.e. the NW&SW region of Cameroon. In other words, they are coming to ensure that there is a frank dialogue between LRC and the Anglophone leaders on issues not directly or indirectly related to Federalism or Independence.
The picture below is a reply to a letter that was sent to the Commonwealth Office in London by Mr Sam Egbe; a member of the outlawed SCNC, calling on Commonwealth to intervene in the Anglophone crisis and also inquiring about the possibility of secession but Commonwealth rejected the idea of secession stating that UK still recognizes the result of the 1961 referendum organised by the UN in the then British mandate territory in West Africa. They added that, the two district that comprises Southern Cameroon i.e. NW and SW, willingly voted to become part of LRC. So that decision must be respected.
It should be noted that this is not the first time that officials of the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) are requesting for independence. In 2003, the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) failed in its claims for independence, in front of the African Commission on Human and People’s rights. Another petition was also rejected in 2009 by the Commission, who called for positive dialogue between both parties.
The United Kingdom encourages all parties to accept and work from this recommendation, to build a stable and prosperous future for all Cameroonians”.
Before this rather sententious conclusion, Tobias Ellwood recalled the steps already taken by the British High Commission in Yaoundé, before adopting his position. “Our High Commissioner in Yaoundé is following the situation closely in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon. We will continue to do so with the Cameroonian government. The British High Commissioner met with the President of the Republic on 7 March, and I have discussed with the Minister of Foreign Relations, Mr. Mbella, on 19 April 2017, to talk about the tensions in the South-West and North-West regions”.During these different discussions with the Cameroonian authorities, highlights Tobias Ellwood, “we called for the end of the use of force by the different protagonists, the obligation of respecting human rights standards, and the use of legal means to solve this crisis. We also called for a return to normal in the dialogue in the two regions”.