Equatorial Guinea considers Cameroon humanitarian situation no threat to international peace and security

This was according to declarations by the Permanent Representative of our country before the United Nations, Anatolio Ndong Mba, during the Arria-Formula Meeting held at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, regarding the current situation in the North and South of Cameroon.

The meeting regarding the humanitarian situation in the Republic of Cameroon was attended by various member countries of the United Nations Security Council, and representatives from NGOs and religious denominations, and served as a platform for those gathered to learn about the current humanitarian situation on the ground, and seek mechanisms to accompany the Cameroonian Government in the rebalancing of the situation which began in September 2017.

After hearing the various reports and recommendations from member States, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, as representative of the three countries from the African Union on the Security Council, A3, expressed gratitude for the efforts deployed by United Nations bodies in its continuous support regarding the humanitarian situation in Cameroon, which is a cause for concern not only for the subregion, but also for the entire African continent.

We wish the recall that inclusive dialogue is the only solution to deal with any differences that may arise within Cameroon, and we hope that these differences can be solved in the spirit of cooperation and compromise by all the parties involved”, said Anatolio Ndong Mba, who in another part of his speech encouraged the authorities in Cameroon to further improve dialogue, with the participation of all relevant parties in a spirit of cooperation and compromise.

Based on chapter 8 of the United Nations Charter, and on the idea that Africans themselves should resolve African problems, Ndong Mba underlined that there were subregional organisations such as the Gulf of Guinea Commission and the Economic Community of Central African States, and on a regional level the African Union, institutions that, according to the Equatoguinean diplomat, are the most appropriate for tackling the situation in Cameroon in the event of a request from authorities, before any involvement of foreign initiatives.

After praising and expressing his satisfaction for the measures taken by the authorities in Cameroon to deal with the situation, including actions such as the Emergency Humanitarian Plan to help both the internally displaced and refugees in the country, and actions by the National Committee on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration, in order to reintegrate members of armed groups, Anatolio Ndong Mba declared the concern of Equatorial Guinea in particular and the A3 in general, regarding the hypothetical reality that a discussion on the humanitarian situation in Cameroon could be politicised or used for political ends.

For that reason, he warned against this, and went on to say that it would be extremely unfortunate and would undermine the perspectives for a long-term sustainable solution, taking into account that for Equatorial Guinea the humanitarian situation in Cameroon is no threat to international peace and security.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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