Cameroon says it never allowed Canada to hold peace talks

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Cameroon says it never allowed Canada to hold peace talks

Nearly 800,000 people have been displaced in Cameroon due to the conflict over how the largely English-speaking western region of the country should be governed .

A Cameroonian state-affiliated newspaper says the country's government never allowed Canada to hold peace talks meant to end the escalating conflict in that country.

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Ottawa announced last Friday that it is holding talks with the government of Cameroon and various groups to propose a peace process for a political resolution to the crisis.< /p>

Yet a state-affiliated newspaper, the Cameroon Tribune, said the government had not appointed any external mediator for negotiations to end the conflict.

The newspaper quoted a press release signed by the minister of the country's Communications, René Sadi, who said that Cameroon has not entrusted any foreign country or outside organization with the role of mediator or facilitator to resolve the crisis.

It was impossible to independently verify this letter, and Cameroon's Ministry of Communications did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The office of the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, maintained that she had already held three meetings in Canada with representatives of the government of Cameroon.

We are in contact with the parties and our previous press release still stands, a writes the minister's spokesperson, Adrien Blanchard.

Nearly 800,000 people have been displaced in this country due to the conflict over how the western region of the country , largely English-speaking, should be governed. This conflict has killed more than 6,000 people since 2017 and left 600,000 children without full access to education.

Minister Joly announced last week that Ottawa had accepted a mandate from the Cameroonian government and some separatist groups to help them reach a political resolution to the conflict.