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Hope as Canada makes public peace process to end conflict in NW, SW regions

Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon endorses the Canada peace talks

The Ambazonia Governing Council, the African people's Liberation Movement, and the Southern Cameroons Defence Force together with the Interim Government and the Ambazonia coalition team have reached an agreement with the government of Cameroon for Canada to open mediation talks for long-lasting peace to return to the crisis hit North West and South West Regions.

In a statement published on January 20th by the Canadian Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, she notes that "Canada welcomes the agreement by the parties to enter a process to reach a comprehensive, peaceful and political resolution of the conflict. The parties have also agreed to form technical committees to begin work on the confidence-building measures" part of her statement.

This announcement comes as a welcome relief to the residents of these Regions who have been calling for an end to the conflict and sincere dialogue with the separatist leaders abroad.

Ayaba Cho Lucas, Leader of the Ambazonia Defense Forces

In more than one outing, the Government of Cameroon has highlighted the fact that the number of Ambazonia groups abroad is increasing every day and all of them claim to be legitimate.

A thing that has greatly affected trust between the parties, stalling any potential talks and effective resolution of the crisis on the ground.

Many people have pointed fingers at the government to take the first step. Honourable Joly says that Canada has accepted the mandate to facilitate this process, as part of our commitment to promote peace and security and advance support for democracy and human rights. Our role also reflects Canada's engagement to work with our African partners to build a better future for everyone.

Samuel Ikome Sako, President of the Interim Government of Ambazonia 

Since 2017, not fewer than 6,000 people have lost their lives, 800,000 people have been displaced as a result of the crisis and 600,000 children cannot have access to the Education part of the release read.

It is on this basis that talks are very important to find put an end to the six-year-long crisis.

What today is known as the quest for independence of Ambazonia started as a professional strike for teachers and lawyers and morphed into a demand for Federation and later extremists say they wanted independence for the former British Cameroon trust territory.

The armed conflict in the North West and South West Regions has brought untold damage to the lives and properties of the denizens, with frequent roadblocks, gunshots, ghost towns, and lockdowns.

In Bamenda, the guns were silent for some time but just this week, at least three persons have lost their lives. Two of them Elections Cameroon local officials and one businessman.

The release from Honourable Joly concludes that it is the hope of all that factions of Ambazonia could join the cue. This is to breathe confidence, hope, and trust.

It will be incumbent for every party to bury pride and ensure that the once loving and liveable North West and South West Regions enjoy peace again.

Culled from The Observer 

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