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Cameroon To Receive Arms For Troops In Central African Republic

Although the quantity and make of the arms are not exact, Cameroon contigents at MINUSCA in CAR will be getting the new weapons.

Cameroon is set to receive military equipment acquired by the government and intended for the country’s contingent with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). 

According to a statement from the Ministry of Defense, “Joseph Beti Assomo, Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defense, on the high instructions of the Head of state, Head of the Armed forces, will this morning Tuesday May 11, from 10 hours at the Air Force Base 201 of Douala, preside over the ceremony of the reception of materials acquired by the Cameroon government and destined for its contingent deployed within MINUSCA.”

The Minister of Defense in his communique did not specify the kind, quantity of the equipment, and when it will be moved to the Cameroon contingent in the Central African Republic.

Sources in the Ministry of Defense said today’s ceremony is “another materialisation of the strong engagement of Cameroon, which though facing multiform crisis itself, remains constant in the search for peaceful solutions in the African sub region where it remains the locomotive.”

Cameroon is faced with several security problems among which are the insurgency by Anglophone separatists in the Northwest and Southwest regions that has for the past four years resulted in the deaths of at least 3,000 persons, the Boko Haram terrorist attacks in the Far North region, and the sporadic incursions into Cameroonian territory in the East region by rebels from the Central African Republic.

Despite these constraints, Cameroon continues to respect its international engagements, especially towards the stabilisation of the Central African Republic.

Towards the end of 2020, Cameroon deployed a new contingent of 1,150 soldiers to MINUSCA which now has 11,200 soldiers of various nationalities.

One of Cameroon’s soldiers, General Tumenta Martin, was appointed Commander of the MINUSCA forces by the UN Secretary General in December 2013 and died there in November 2015.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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