Cameroon Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute on Monday solicited the “support and solidarity” of the country’s National Assembly over a national dialogue to end the conflict in the two restive English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest.
“The National Assembly is a major institution and I came here first of all to find out the vision of National Assembly, as an institution, as per the national dialogue and to be able to get their views and preparations,” Ngute said after meeting with the House Speaker, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril.
He said, he needed the advice of the House speaker as Cameroon lays the ground work for the national dialogue which is expected to be held by the end of September.
“The president of the National Assembly as a person is a very experienced leader, a man who has managed a number of debates and problems of this nature. And that is why I came to seek his advice on how to go about this and he has given me quite a very useful advice,” Ngute added.
On Tuesday last week, Cameroon President Paul Biya, in a rare address to the nation, said the national dialogue will focus on “ways and means of meeting the high aspirations of the people of the Northwest and Southwest regions”.
Crisis has rocked the two Anglophone regions for over two years after armed separatists declared the “independence” of the regions that constitute a minority in the largely French-speaking Cameroon.
About 530,000 people have been displaced internally by the conflict, according to the United Nations.