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New Tension On Cameroon-Equatorial Guinea Border

There has been a growing tension  between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea on their common border within the past several weeks.

Though armies have not spoken since the new spike in tension, the threat of clashes between the armies of the two countries has necessitated the dispatch last week of a high-powered Equato-Guinean delegation to Cameroon with a message from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to his Cameroonian counterpart, President Paul Biya.

“I am the bearer of a message from His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to his brother, the President of the Republic of Cameroon within the context of their bilateral relations,” declared the Equato-Guinean Minister of Regional Integration, Baltasar Engonga Edjo after his audience with President Paul Biya in Unity Palace.

“His Excellency President Paul Biya is the current president of CEMAC (French acronym for the Central African Economic and Monetary Commission). 

“Thus, with his brother and with all the other presidents of this Community, they concert with ideas on how to build our community despite the difficulties these countries are going through today.”

The minister said that there are economic, health and other difficulties facing the two countries adding that the presence of the Minister of Defense beside him “could be linked to security aspects which the Minister of Defense and myself have come to draw the attention of His Excellency Mr. President of the Republic, Paul Biya, as a president of a brother country, within the context of our bilateral relations”.

 In July this year, Malabo and Yaounde, whose relations were tense following the beginning of the construction of a wall on their common border by Equatorial Guinea, signed an accord for cooperation in the areas of transborder defense and security. 

The accord signed by the defense ministers of the two countries in Sipopo, Equatorial Guinea envisaged the “prohibition of the use of force between the two countries and the non-interference in the internal affairs of the other”, according to a communiquĂ© made public after the signature of the accord.

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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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