Cameroon Common Law Lawyers have announced that direct dialogue with the Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo regime has failed after two days of negotiations in Yaoundé. Cameroon Intelligence Report understands the Anglophone teachers also staged a walk out yesterday in Bamenda as the CPDM negotiators attempted to play the North West/South West divide game. Our senior political correspondent in Buea opined that “the resistance has taken full swing and the Biya regime seems to be playing with fire at a petrol station.”
After two days of a marathon deliberation inside La Republique du Cameroun, the deadlock came following the refusal by the Francophone government to grant the preliminary issues demanded by our Anglophone lawyers. A spokesperson for the Common Law Lawyers was quoted as saying the group found out that the Biya Francophone government is still maintaining bad faith towards the crisis and therefore had no reason to continue with the talks. The President of the consortium, Barrister Agbor Nkongho Balla posted on his face book page that the preliminary demands from the Anglophone lawyers included but not limited to:
- The unconditional release of all Southern Cameroon citizens arrested/ abducted from Southern Cameroons and taken to Yaounde.
- Reviewing the composition of the committee.
- Uplifting the ban and/or suspension imposed on North West Lawyers Association-NOWELA, Meme Lawyers Association-MELA, Fako Lawyers Association-FAKLA.