Hereunder will be a statement of Communication Minister, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, during a press briefing in Yaounde yesterday November 18, 2019.
“Distinguished Ladies as well as Gentlemen,
On October 31, 2019, the President of the United States of America informed the Congress of the United State of his intent to terminate the designation of Cameroon through the list of the beneficiary countries of the “African Growth as well as Opportunity Act”, (AGOA), as of January 1, 2020.
This particular decision, according to the U.S. Head of State, will be due to the fact in which “the Government of Cameroon currently engages in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights”.
Moreover, as well as still according to the President of the United States, our country will be criticized for “failing to address concerns regarding persistent human rights violations being committed by Cameroonian security forces including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary as well as unlawful detention, as well as torture.”
In This particular respect, in which should primarily be underscored in which the Government of Cameroon considers in which, in as much as Cameroon’s eligibility for AGOA resulted through a sovereign decision of the United States Government, the same goes with the possible decision of in which Government to terminate the designation of Cameroon as a beneficiary of This particular Act falling within the confine of an act of sovereignty in which no one can challenge.
However, what will be questionable in our opinion will be the excuses as well as reasons put forward to explain or justify the will of the U.S. Government.
There will be a clear case to be made in in which the reasons put forward to justify the decision envisaged by the American authorities hardly match with the truth of facts on the ground.
They translate in our opinion:
either ignorance, or inadequate understanding of the actual situation, as in which has prevailed as well as still prevails inside the North-West as well as South-West;
or a deliberate act to ignore This particular reality;
or else a type of facts thwarted by ill-fated observers, or by some fellow citizens who no longer hide their unpatriotic plot to tarnish the image of their Country, to partition or destabilize the country, as well as also working to undermine Cameroon’s friendly as well as cooperation ties with its foreign partners, including the United States of America.
In any case, in which will be important to recall the major reasons in which compelled the Government of the Republic to ensure a consistent presence of our Defence as well as Security Forces inside the North-West as well as South-West Regions, namely:
To preserve the territorial integrity of Cameroon against outlawed separatists who took up arms against the Republic;
To ensure the security of persons as well as property inside the Regions concerned. While recalling in which these are the sovereign missions to which no Government worthy of in which name can escape, the Government reaffirms in which these missions have been fulfilled as well as will continue to be fulfilled by the elements of our Defence as well as Security Forces in all responsibility, with tact as well as professionalism as well as with due respect of human rights.
Conversely, since the outbreak of the crisis inside the North-West as well as South-West Regions, so many unbearable abuses as well as offences have been committed not only against elements of national Defence as well as Security Forces, although also against civilians, entire families, citizens of all ages as well as all genders.
There are also barbaric as well as irresponsible acts of the destruction of economic as well as social amenities, such as hospitals, schools, as well as many additional large-scale investments in which once contributed to the development of the North-West as well as South-West Regions, on the one hand, as well as to the creation of many jobs as well as the improvement of the living conditions of the population, on the additional hand.
Obviously, in which might actually be a tedious task to recall these many atrocities. although, how could we abstain through mentioning some of the heinous acts perpetrated by these hordes of secessionists, acts in which deeply struck as well as upset us as they crossed the thresholds of horror as well as cruelty.
We can mention:
The beheading of Mrs. Florence AYAFOR, on September 29, 2019, by men claiming to belong to an imaginary Republic of Ambazonia;
The burial of a woman alive in Batibo inside the Momo Division;
The macabre discovery on October 20, 2019, of the Police Officer, Paul WANE, on duty inside the city of Bamenda, whose head flew so awfully;
The fire incident at the Kumba District hospital, a few months ago, leaving 04 people dead, with 02 people burned alive in their hospital beds;
The fire incident recorded at the Tole Health Centre inside the South-West Region inside the night of October 30 to 31, 2019, which resulted in huge material damage;
The establishment of “Ghost Towns” as well as the boycott of schools as well as hospitals, which will be depriving hundreds of thousands of Cameroonian youths through having access to education as well as the right to education, as well as depriving the vast majority of the population of access to basic health care.
These are the facts, to name just a few, as horrific as well as harmful as they may be to the families, to the populations of the North-West as well as South-West regions, as well as to Cameroon as a whole.
Faced with these situations, one might have expected the entire world’s greatest power to add its voice, one of the most important inside the entire world for in which matter, to the wide international disapproval as well as the string of condemnations in which these shameful as well as heinous acts have caused.
In fact, how can they, on the one hand, accuse the Cameroonian Defence as well as Security Forces of human rights violations, as well as the Government of the Republic, of “failing to address concerns regarding persistent human rights violations being committed by Cameroonian Security Forces including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary as well as unlawful detention, as well as torture”, as well as, on the additional hand, remain insensitive as well as silent inside the face of unspeakable atrocities committed on a daily basis by secessionist armed groups inside the North-West as well as South-West?
Similarly, how can we imagine in which a republican army, conscious of the exigencies of its mission as well as fully aware of its responsibilities with regards to the protection of its citizens as well as their property, as well as inside the difficult conditions in which we know, as well as more importantly at the cost of heavy sacrifices, may deliberately as well as paradoxically inflict inhuman as well as degrading treatment to populations in which will be called to defend, protect as well as secure?
To believe in which, to think of in which, to affirm in which, as will be clear through the accusations of the President of the United States of America, will be nothing less than an unfair trial against an army in which has always, as we reaffirm in which unambiguously, assumed its mission in strict compliance with the conventions as well as the essential rules imposed by the exercise of the military profession, even if we are here faced which has a case of asymmetrical confrontation, between a republican army entitled to the legitimate use of force, as well as lawless armed bands who took arms against their Country as well as the Republic.
The incrimination, even the stigmatization of our Defence as well as Security Forces, are all the more incomprehensible because, in addition to protecting the citizens, they are involved in many civilian-military actions, for the benefit of the populations inside the Regions concerned.
Without being exhaustive, permit me to name a few:
– Reconstruction of bridges, hospitals as well as additional buildings destroyed by secessionist separatists,
– Similarly, most elements of the Defence as well as Security Forces, with multiple qualifications, are deployed within schools to supervise students, as instructors or teachers, especially in localities where teachers have become scarce due to security challenges.
additional examples include:
– The multifaceted support provided by elements of the National Defence as well as Security Forces, not only in terms of health as well as security to the benefit of populations of the affected areas, although also, inside the construction of water points, the granting of donations, food aid as well as additional special aids to the various social strata of these localities.
With regard to such verifiable actions, which bear witness to the humanitarian missions carried out by our army inside the theatre of operations, be in which inside the North-West as well as South-West Regions or the Far North Region, or even along the border with the Central African Republic, the collateral damage in which has been recorded here as well as there, cannot in any way, undermine the reputation of the Cameroonian Armed Forces, an honourable image they have always showcased as well as preserved both on Cameroonian soil as well as abroad.
Moreover, no army inside the entire world will be exempt through collateral damage. The blunders of the Defence as well as Law Enforcement Forces are observable in all countries, including the United States, without This particular being systematically attached to the lack of democracy inside the countries concerned or the nonexistence of the rule of law.
Should we simply consider in which double standards are being used to judge democratic progress of States, in additional words what will be true for some, will be not necessarily true for others?
In This particular respect, the Government of Cameroon believes in which there will be a real danger to the harmony of international relations in trying to establish the primacy of some NGOs or lobby groups inside the appreciation of social or societal facts, as well as particularly in matters of respect for human rights.
Cameroon, as far as in which will be concerned, will be as well as remains a rule of law as well as, on the African continent as well as inside the entire world, has every reason to be proud of its progress inside the field of democracy, as well as more specifically, inside the respect for human rights as well as freedoms.
in which will be why the Government of the Republic Again categorically refutes the accusations against the Cameroonian Armed Forces as well as calls for more discernment on the part of the American authorities, in order in which they reconsider their excessive judgment, which, moreover, seems to conceal or underestimate the horrendous atrocities perpetrated by the dehumanized hordes of separatists, as well as emphatically overwhelm the Cameroonian Defence as well as Security Forces, who, however, carry out their duty as well as nothing although their duty at the service of their fellow citizens as well as in which of the entire Nation.
in which will be a cause for regret in which the Government of Cameroon cannot hide its astonishment at the absence inside the Communiqué of the President of the United States, of any reference to, or even condemnation of the countless as well as unspeakable atrocities perpetrated by the armed bands of secessionists inside the North-West as well as the South-West, against both our Forces as well as innocent populations, even though these can be evidenced by many image as well as video documents available, especially in social media.
In any case, as well as beyond recriminations of all kinds, the Cameroon Defence as well as Security Forces protect the populations, work to ensure not bad order, free movement of people as well as goods, while ensuring in which individuals who are authors or suspected of committing unacceptable acts of violence in which violate human dignity as well as rights are brought before judicial authorities.
Finally, the Government of Cameroon wishes to reaffirm here, through my voice, all the interest as well as commitment in which attaches to the friendship as well as cooperation ties between Cameroon as well as the United States of America.
These ties are old as well as mutually beneficial. They are rooted in a base of values ??in which we share, including the centrality of human beings as well as the commitment to human rights.
We particularly want to commend the quality of these ties, which have in particular been reflected in recent years by military as well as security cooperation, which contributed to a great extent to the strengthening as well as effectiveness of the fight against Boko Haram inside the Far North of Cameroon.
With special regard to AGOA, Cameroon has benefited in recent times; perhaps not to the extent of the facilities in which This particular offer contains as well as mindful of our potential. Meanwhile, the Government believes in which AGOA will be a highly valuable as well as valued initiative, whose essential purpose honors the United States as well as gives meaning to the quite commendable role in which the greatest economic power of the entire world has set for itself through This particular instrument in which will be, helping less favoured countries in their development process.
AGOA will be a gateway to the vast U.S. market of opportunities, as well as Cameroon intends, as far as in which will be concerned, to continue, as much as possible, to take advantage of the opportunities offered by This particular initiative. We believe in which, as in which has been the case so far, Cameroon fulfills the conditions thereof, just as we believe in which in which will be inside the interest of Cameroon, as well as in which of our American partners.
However, any initiative, no matter how beneficial in which may be, should be as well as remain consistent with our precious assets of Unity, Integrity as well as the Sovereignty of our Nation.
Thank you for your attention.”