Hundreds of people have died, more than 500,000 have been displaced. By Julia Silvester
Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga said on Thursday that she had a discussion with Cameroonian President – Paul Biya to finding a solution to Cameroon’s Anglophone separatist agitations that have now turned into armed conflict.
Sommaruga’s announcement came as many groups seek for a dialogue under the mediation of Switzerland after the failure of the national dialogue in Yaoundé in November 2019 following the absence of main separatist leaders.
“Glad to have had an exchange of views today with President @PR_Paul_BIYA on health and humanitarian cooperation in Cameroon as well as on Switzerland’s commitment to finding solutions in the North West and South West,” Simonetta Sommaruga wrote.
Extrajudicial killings, rapes and human rights violations have been committed by both belligerents in the ongoing armed conflict.
Hundreds of people have died, more than 500,000 have been displaced and government forces have burned down some villages which they accuse of supporting the separatist fighters.
Protests for an independent state called Ambazonia began in 2016. It escalated when government forces arrested and imprisoned more than 100 activists, and the death of some activists.