The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has welcomed the announced the holding of a major national dialogue to address the aspirations of the people of the North West and South West regions.
The reaction of the UN scribe comes less than two four hours after the President of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya announced that the national dialogue will be convened by the end of the month of September.
The information is contained in a tweet made by the Spokesperson of the United Nations Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarric.
“The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement made today by President Paul Biya on the launch of a national dialogue process in Cameroon. He encourages the Government of Cameroon to ensure that the process is inclusive and addresses the challenges facing the country. He calls on all Cameroonian stakeholders, including the Diaspora, to participate in this effort. The Secretary-General reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to support the dialogue process.”
In line with encouragements from the UN SG that the dialogue should be inclusive and address the challenges facing the country, President Paul Biya had indicated that the Major National Dialogue will focus on issues of national interest notably, unity, national integration, and living together.
The President invited all stakeholders to be dialogue table including, parliamentarians, political leaders, intellectuals, economic operators and members of the diaspora, representatives of the Defence and security forces, armed groups and victims.
The dialogue that will be chaired by the Prime Minister Head of Government will also tackle bilingualism, cultural diversity, social cohesion and the reconstruction and development of conflict affected areas and displaced persons, the education and judicial system decentralisation and local development, demobilisation and integration of ex-combatants and the role of the Diaspora in the country’s development shall be important issues for discussion.
Besides the UN scribe other world leaders, political figures and civil society organisations have responded positively to the launch of dialogue in Cameroon to seek lasting solutions to the crisis in the North West and South West regions.