Over and over again, the conflict in Southern Cameroons continues to remain a major preoccupation for government and institutions across the world, a move which they have deliberately failed to take measures that forces Biya on the negotiation table. After the sham Cameroun elections which saw two Presidents emerging, the European Union just like every other nations and institution have failed to congratulate Biya Paul for his re-election. In most cases, they have congratulated the Camerounese people ignoring Biya and they have largely focused on calling Biya Paul to engage in an inclusive dialogue to resolve the situation in Southern Cameroons. BaretaNews notes that these statements coming from these bodies are a testament to the fact that, they challenged diplomatically Biya’s election, recognizes Kamto’s Declaration and they only needed a simple street push and demonstration from the Camerounese people to have stood with them openly. Yet again, Camerounese have failed because of too much Bread and Sadine and their ‘Bamenda’ is no more to fight for them. However, the focus of all these diplomatic missions in calling for post Cameroun dialogue with separatists rather than congratulating a dictator is testament to the fact that the Southern Cameroons people must keep the flag high, defend, tweet atrocities of Cameroun and above all show the world that only a UN Sponsored referendum shall resolve peacefully the conflict. Below is the full statement of the EU.
Statement by the Spokesperson on the presidential elections in Cameroon
Déclaration du Porte-parole sur les élections présidentielles au Cameroun
Following the announcement of the results of the presidential election in Cameroon by the Constitutional Council, the European Union expects the President-elect to bring together all stakeholders to overcome the challenges facing the country, to the beneﬁt of all Cameroonians. While elections were generally held in a peaceful manner, some parts of the population were unable to take part in the vote. The EU reiterates its concern about the situation in the North-West and South-West regions of the country. It is crucial that the authorities are open to the proposals of civil society and religious authorities for a peaceful and lasting resolution of the crisis, and that a process of dialogue be launched as soon as possible with all actors in favour of peace. The preliminary statement of the African Union Election
Observation Mission recommends strengthening the legal and institutional framework for elections in Cameroon, which could increase voter conﬁdence in the electoral process and make it more inclusive. Such reforms are crucial and the EU stands ready to accompany such a process. The EU takes note that all appeals lodged by the opposition candidates have been rejected. The European Union, as a major partner of Cameroon, will continue to work for the development and stability of the country for the beneﬁt of all Cameroonians.
Maja KOCIJANCIC Maja KOCIJANCIC Spokesperson for Foreign Aﬀairs and Security Policy/European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations +32 (0)2 29 86570 +32 (0)498 984 425 Daniel PUGLISI Daniel PUGLISI Press Oﬃcer for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management +32 (0)2 29 69140 +32 (0)460 767374