15, May 2019
Kuwait has urged all parties in Cameroon to abide by international humanitarian law and international human rights law, to deal with any obstacles through dialogue, to exercise a sense of responsibility and constructive cooperation and to show goodwill in order to avoid any future repercussions affecting the security and stability of the region.
This came in a speech by Kuwait’s second secretary, Abdullah Ahmad Al-Sharah, at the Security Council session in the Arria formula on the humanitarian situation in Cameroon.
“The convening of this meeting in light of the escalating challenges facing the international arena, which threatens international peace and security, has become more complex than in the past, which requires the United Nations to use all its instruments to deal with crisis especially in its initial stages through dialogue and peaceful process,” he added.
He regretted emergence of humanitarian situation in the Central African region as a result of the high numbers of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, the increase in the number of refugees and the spread of epidemics such as cholera, Ebola and other diseases.
“The humanitarian situation in Cameroon is extremely difficult as nearly 4.3 million people are in need for humanitarian assistance, which represents an increase of 30 percent compared to last year, as well as the displacement of nearly 800,000 displaced people,” he said.
He pointed to the presence of many refugees from neighboring countries, which amounted to 380,000 refugees according to the UN reports, an increase of 82% compared to last year, given the challenges facing the region in general and Cameroon in particular, especially from the security challenge that warns of a humanitarian disaster unless it is dealt with urgently and develop solutions to address them.
Al-Sharah expressed Kuwait’s belief in preventive diplomacy, dialogue and mediation as important tools to avoid conflicts and to reduce human suffering and to avoid many losses, material and human damages.
“We share the Secretary-General’s deep concern over the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the north-western and south-western regions of Cameroon and call on the Cameroonian government, in cooperation with regional and international organizations, to do more to address and improve the humanitarian situation in the interests of the Cameroonian people,” he said.