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Cameroon-Anglophone crisis: MEPs call for considering armed men as “terrorists”

by Theophile
Assemblée Nationale du Bénin

This is one of the recommendations of the National Assembly at the end of the special plenary of November 23 on the Presidential Plan for the reconstruction of the North-West and South-West regions, victims of the abuses perpetrated by the armed separatist groups in this part of the country.

The recommendations of the National Assembly at the end of the special plenary of last November 23 on the Presidential Plan for the reconstruction of the North-West and South-West regions, support the policy of outstretched hand of the government in the separatist war which shakes its two regions.

In this vein, elected officials condemn “all forms of violence, armed attacks, blunders that continue to cause death and desolation.” For parliamentarians, these are terrorist acts and “their perpetrators and their financial backers must be considered terrorists and taken as such nationally and internationally with all legal consequences”.

They subsequently aligned themselves “with the government’s call to lay down their arms and have the forgiveness of the nation and promote reconstruction and the impetus for economic development” of the North West and South West regions.

According to the Larousse dictionary, terrorism is the “set of acts of violence (attacks, hostage-taking, etc.) committed by an organization or an individual to create a climate of insecurity, to blackmail a government , to satisfy a hatred towards a community, a country, a system ”.

Since the outbreak of the Anglophone crisis, which arose out of the demands of lawyers and teachers in October 2016, the government has continued to make concessions. Notably through these two professions, but also more broadly to greater participation of the English-speaking part in state affairs.

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However, faced with the radicalization of the separatists, including certain attacks on civilians and army positions, Yaoundé has for example asked its partners that the sponsors who are abroad be brought before the competent authorities, and if necessary extradited. to Cameroon.

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