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CAMEROON GOVERNMENT’S PRESS RELEASE ON TIBOR NAGY’S INTERVIEW WITH RFI

REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON
Peace – Work – Fatherland
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION

Yaounde March 5th, 2019.

PRESS RELEASE

In an interview broadcast on Radio France Internationale (RFI) on March 4, 2019, as a prelude to the African tour he is currently conducting, the US Under-Secretary of State for African Affairs called for the release of the President of the “Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon” (MRC), Maurice Kamto, as well as the enlargement of all MRC activists arrested on 26 January 2019 during unauthorized demonstrations across several cities in Cameroon, whatever the reasons for their imprisonment.
He stated in substance in a threatening manner:
“The Cameroonian government claims that he was arrested and jailed for legitimate reasons. I really think it would be very wise to release him. Because, whether true or false, he is perceived to have been incarcerated for his political activities and that is unacceptable. He and his activists must be released and we will not go hesitate to say it. ”
Moreover, with regard to the situation in the North West and South West, the US official said he will encourage “the Cameroonian authorities to be more serious in their management of the Anglophone crisis.” He continued saying that, in his view, the symbolic measures taken so far are not enough to solve this extremely serious crisis.
The Government of Cameroon deeply regrets these comments, which not only indicate a lack of knowledge of the issues, realities and facts concerning the arrest of Mr. Kamto and many of his supporters, as well as the situation in the North-West and South-West regions, but also reveal a serious, barely veiled and inadmissible inclination to interfere in Cameroon’s domestic affairs.
Cameroon is a State governed by the rule of law, whose laws and regulations constitute the normative framework in which all political parties, including the MRC, conduct their activities in full respect of the law.
In this regard, the Government wishes to reiterate that Mr. Kamto is in no way detained for engaging in political activities or lawfully participating in political course, since he has been a candidate in the 2018 presidential election. Kamto and his supporters are detained for acts of common law, including insurrection, hostility against the homeland, rebellion and destruction of public property, both inside the country and in several embassies in Cameroon and abroad.
They are currently responding to justice, the only authority to confirm or not the charges brought against them.
With regard to the situation in the North-West and South-West regions, the Government wishes to emphasize the obligation incumbent upon it to fully assume its sovereign responsibilities by doing its utmost to preserve the territorial integrity of Cameroon as well as the security of people and property, in the face of outlaw secessionist rebels who sow terror and desolation, committing unspeakable atrocities that no one can tolerate.
Moreover, it should be emphasized that all the security measures taken by the Government have until now complied with the international conventions on human rights, which provide for exceptions when public order and peace are threatened.
Nevertheless, the Government has adopted appropriate responses to all initial demands, whether of a public or socio-economic and cultural nature, taking due account of our valuable assets and the best interests of the Nation.
In any case, the Government welcomes the quality of the relations between Cameroon and the United States, and intends to continue working to strengthen them for the benefit of both countries and in mutual respect of their respective sovereignties ./.

[Seal of the Republic of Cameroon and signature of]
René Emmanuel Sadi
[Minister of Communication and Government’s spokesperson]

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