By RFPosted on 13-12-2019Modified on 13-12-2019 at 10:42
At the UN, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Central Africa, François Lounceny Fall, made a comprehensive briefing on the region to members of the Security Council. He made a point about the influence of Boko Haram. He also detailed in his report recent developments in Cameroon.
With our correspondent in New York, Carrie Nooten
Since the beginning of tensions in October 2016 in its two English-speaking regions, Cameroon has never been on the agenda of the UN Security Council. However, when he is in New York to give a briefing to the Council as this week, François Fall, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Central Africa, finds it important to take stock of the situation.
For him, it's a diplomatic way of doing prevention. Explaining the conclusions of the major national dialogue held in early October, it helps to understand the progress.
Release of opponents
François Fall was able to confirm the release of opponents, like that of Maurice Kamto, and also to welcome the flagship measure announced at the end of the dialogue: " We are waiting with great interest for the implementation of the special status to be granted to both regions. We believe that this decision could usefully help to give more confidence to this English-speaking part. "
The Decentralized Local Government Act will be introduced today at the special session of Parliament. It gives greater power to the mayors who will now be elected, and allows to take into account the specificities of the English-speaking areas - linguistics, historical legacy, and those of the education and judicial system.
The UN recommends putting it in place as soon as possible, if possible before the February elections. In parallel, a program for the reconstruction of English-speaking areas was set up in Yaoundé by the government and a UN agency, the UNDP, last week.
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