Ambazonia Leadership Requested Swiss Mediation
The Interim Government group faction led by its leader Dr. Samuel Sako sometime in December 2018 wrote a letter to the Swiss Government requesting the Swiss to help mediate between the Republic of Cameroun and the Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
In April this year 2019, the Ambazonia Governing Council led by its own leader Dr. Ayaba Cho Lucas sent a letter as well to the Swiss Government requesting their mediation between both nations, I have learned. This came through their own advocacy I was told.
But what I can report is that on 13th December 2018, communication from the source stated clearly the intention of Swiss Government via their Ambassador in Yaounde to begin this pre-talks process and the Swiss Government particularly requested the involvement of Dr. Ebenezer D. M. Akwanga and Dr. Ayaba Cho Lucas. I am not sure these two were informed in December but what I know is that one of the two was cornered (I will keep the name off for now, not important) by IG top brass to begin the process.
The Swiss Government in their recent reaction and public statement rightly said both parties (Cameroun and Ambazonia) had requested them to intervene and this is true.
What we do not know was what was/is peculiar with the Swiss acting as the mediator that caused both Sako IG camp and AGovC to request their mediation. What we do not know yet is if Cameroun did also requested the Swiss Government to mediate. Cameroun has been silent since then strangely but has responded to the BAS protest against Paul Biya in Geneva.
Be it as it may, we are at this stage, we must not run away from the process. We must own the process and owning the process means all movements, all group leaders come together in a private conclave and put in place an agreed team of would be experts negotiators for any eventual negotiation in the future while requesting the basic minimum conditions such as release of prisoners after Cameroun must have made her intention publicly clear to engage. On our part, while we continue to fund ground zero, we must be ready and the time is NOW.