Switzerland officially said it was helping the Biya Francophone government of Cameroon to negotiate with the Southern Cameroons leadership to end the war that has killed more than 3,000 British Southern Cameroonians. But it is now evidently clear that the Swiss are helping the Francophone regime in Yaounde in its genocidal campaign in Southern Cameroons. The Swiss ambassador to Cameroon, Pietro Lazzeri, has been deceiving international public opinion on the crisis and continues to do so after more than 20 people were killed within two days of fighting in the Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
Pietro Lazzeri, Switzerland’s ambassador to Cameroon, says his country is mediating the political crisis that has rocked the so-called United Republic of Cameroon since 2016. He says the negotiations are being guided by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. But all these declarations ranges from plain fiction to the most absurd.
Recently the Swiss Chief diplomat was quoted as saying that “Over the last months, we have been trying to create dialogue among the parties because we have the acceptance of the parties and we are doing it because we have a certain expertise. We are referees, we are not the players, We need the willingness of the parties in order to build the dialogue.”
However, Mr Lazzeri has blatantly refused to comment on the happenings in the Geneva Inter Continental Hotel. Pietro Lazzeri has constantly described Southern Cameroonians as Separatists and told the VOA that two meetings already have taken place in Geneva involving the Ambazonia leadership and the French Cameroun government.
The VOA correspondent in Yaounde who has been receiving hush hush money from the Biya Francophone regime reported lately that Lazzeri declined giving details on how far the Swiss had gone with negotiations but hinted that the Swiss were in collaboration with the Geneva-based Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, intend to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis that has been claiming so many lives in British Southern Cameroons.
The crisis escalated on October 1, 2017, when Southern Cameroonians symbolically proclaimed independence from La Republique du Cameroun and created the Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
French Cameroun President Paul Biya declared war against Southern Cameroonians in November 2017, calling them terrorists. Biya said he would never negotiate with English speaking Cameroonians who are out to separate “his country’ and that it was his duty to ensure public order, social peace, the unity of the nation and La Republique du Cameroun’s integrity.
In May, Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute- a pro Biya acolyte visited Southern Cameroons cities and towns of Bamenda, Buea and Kumba and said Biya had sent him to tell English speakers that the government is open to dialogue, but Frecnh Cameroun Minister of Interior, Paul Atanga Nji contradicted the Prime Minister on Radio France Internationale when he observed that separatists cannot be tolerated because Cameroon is one nation and indivisible.
The VOA chief correspondent in Cameroon, Moki Kindzeka hired by the Francophone regime in Yaounde told the world recently that “Separatists on social media have maintained they will make the English-speaking regions ungovernable by the central government in Yaounde until they have their independence. They say they will only negotiate with the government in Yaounde if it withdraws all of its troops, which they call occupational forces, from the English-speaking regions, insisting the negotiations must be on their terms.”
William Arrey, lecturer of peace and conflict studies at the Protestant University of Central Africa, says for successful negotiations to occur and for peace to return, each of the conflicted parties should shift from their original positions.
“The conflicted parties are still so stiff at the level of their various positions,” said Arrey. “There is no way we will be able to resolve this conflict if we are not able to shift from our original positions, which we call in conflict management — compromise.”
As the Swiss ambassador announced his country was spearheading negotiations, Cameroon’s military said at lease 20 separatist fighters had been killed in battles in the English-speaking villages of Wainamah and Mbot and the towns of Jakiri, Kumba and Njinikom.
Lieutenant General Rene Claude Meka, Cameroon’s defense chief, who visited the English-speaking towns of Buea and Bamenda on Thursday, says they will continue to fight until the fighters are defeated.
He says although the military has been scoring huge victories, the war continues to rage. Meka says he is calling on the population to assist the military by denouncing separatist fighters and providing information about where where they are hiding so they can be defeated and for peace to return.
The United Nations estimates at least 2,000 people have been killed and more than 530,000 displaced since fighting broke out. It says about 1.3 million people are in need of assistance.
Reported with biased by the VOA with correctness from the Cameroon Concord News Group