Cameroon Separatist Leader Gives Conditions For Talks With Yaounde

An anglophone separatist leader currently serving a life sentence, has demanded the Cameroon government withdraw forces from two regions as a precondition for peace talks.

The leader of one of the separatist factions in English-speaking regions of Cameroon has given conditions to President Paul Biya for peace talks with the Yaounde regime.

Seseku Ayuk Tabe, currently serving a life sentence in a Cameroonian prison, called for the government to withdraw its forces from the anglophone regions.

“We first of all propose that Cameroon, which declared war, should declare a ceasefire and the demilitarisation of the Anglophone regions, the liberation of all persons incarcerated because of this crisis, amnesty in favour of exiled compatriots and international dialogue arbitrated by a neutral country in a venue agreed upon by the two parties. Once these conditions are put in place, we will sit down, if the government so wishes, to negotiate”, Seseku Ayuk Tabe declared to the press on Dec 5.

“I am physically in prison but I am morally and spiritually a free man. Those who have put me here are more in prison than myself. I don’t have a problem with anybody but I remain solid to carry on with the fight which started several years ago. This combat envisages the liberation of Southern Cameroon, Ambazonia, from the oppression and the mis-governance which is a gangrene on the country”, the separatist faction leader declared.

Seseku Ayuk Tabe and some of his separatist followers, including Dr. Kimbeng Henry, Dr. Akwanga, Professor Che Ugustine Awasum, Shu Fai Blaise and Dr. Nfor Ngalla Nfor were arrested in Nigeria in 2018. They were eventually tried and sentenced to long prison terms including life in jail.

Six years after their imprisonment and the holding of a national dialogue to resolve the Anglophone crisis, peace is yet to return to the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

The conflict has led to the deaths of over three thousand persons, the internal displacement of over 714,000 persons and at least 2.2 million persons in need of humanitarian assistance, according to Human Rights Watch estimates.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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