Some international organisations have saluted the holding of the National Dialogue that culminated in two separate orders.
The first order was on the release of some Cameroonians in detention for misdemeanours in relation to the crisis in the North West and South West Regions.
The second order concerned the release of some Cameroonians held following the October 2018 Presidential Election. Those concerned are mostly supporters of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) party including Maurice Kamto, its leader.
The international organisations’ views have been expressed on social media especially through Twitter accounts.
La Francophonie, through its Secretary General, Louise Mushikiwabo expressed satisfaction with the holding of the National Dialogue in a relaxed environment.
— La Francophonie (@OIFfrancophonie) October 5, 2019
The Head of State’s move also received wide acclaim from the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde.
Today’s release of MRC members and supporters a positive step. We hope further measures are taken toward peace in NW & SW Regions.
— U.S. Embassy Yaounde (@USEmbYaounde) October 5, 2019
The UN was more concerned about the release of Professor Maurice Kamto. Its tweet indicated the UN Secretary General’s joy over the release of MRC party members and some 333 Cameroonians from prison.
Secretary-General @antonioguterres encouraged by @PR_Paul_BIYA‘s decision to release Maurice Kamto and hundreds of others, reiterates @UN‘s support for #Cameroon‘s National Dialogue https://t.co/S2RqHKwRqr
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) October 5, 2019
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland also welcomed the release of the MRC leader and other members of his party.
.@PScotlandCSG has welcomed the release of Maurice Kamto, leader of the Mouvement pour la Rennaissance du Cameroun (MRC), and 102 members of the party on 4 October 2019
— The Commonwealth (@commonwealthsec) October 6, 2019
As for the French Foreign Affairs Ministry, it welcomed “the order to drop the prosecution of 102 members or sympathizers of the MRC, including the party’s leader, Maurice Kamto…and the decision to release 333 people being held in connection with the crisis in the North West and South West Regions.”
The French Foreign Affairs Ministry further indicated that France applauds the commitment of Cameroon’s authorities to implement the conclusions of the dialogue and encourages the authorities and all political leaders to maintain the current momentum in the spirit of dialogue and harmony.
Political analysts consider the positive reactions from international organisations to President Paul Biya’s decisions as the beginning of a Cameroon of peace and national development.
Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi