23, April 2017
In a statement on Friday; a day after internet services were restored in the crisis-hit North West and South West regions, the special representative of the U.N Secretary-General for Central Africa said the internet restoration will reduce the tension in the Anglophone regions.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Central Africa has said he was relieved to learn that President Paul Biya instructed that full internet services be restored in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.
“I welcome this measure, which is in line with those recently announced by the government to address the demands of English-Speaking teachers and lawyers,” Francois Lounceny Fall said in a statement.
Mr Fall who also heads the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) noted that the decision, which took effect from 20 April, “will go a long way to help reduce tension and to create conditions conducive for the resolution of the crisis in the two regions.”
He said that he “counts on the Government of Cameroon to continue to promote appeasement and dialogue, and to take all other appropriate measures aimed at a speedy and lasting resolution of the crisis in order to strengthen unity, stability and prosperity in Cameroon.”
The Special Representative of the UN scribe for Central Africa also expressed the wish that “the Cameroonian people will maintain their spirit of patriotism and show restraint during this trying period, including by avoiding the use of the Internet to incite hatred or violence.”
It should be recalled that during a four-day official visit to Cameroon last week, Mr Fall urged government to restore the internet which he described as an “important tool for development, communication and collective development.”
The UN envoy also called on the government to release all detainees of the Anglophone crisis, some of whom he met “including Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla and radio broadcaster Mancho Bibixy.” He also met with Government officials, members of civil society, opposition leaders, and members of the diplomatic corps and the UN system in a bit to seek lasting solutions to the crisis.
Source: Cameroun Info.Net