Canada will play a facilitating role in the peace process in Cameroon
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly. (File photo)
Federal government says Canada will help guide a peace process to resolve the current crisis in Cameroon where years of fighting and conflict have displaced nearly 800,000 people.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said there was an agreement between groups in the central African country to enter into a process aimed at reaching a global, peaceful and political resolution of the conflict.
Ms. Joly says in a Friday statement that Canada will assist the parties as part of its commitment to promote peace and security and advance support for democracy and human rights .
She points out that civilians bear the brunt of the ongoing crisis, with more than 6,000 dead since 2017 and 600,000 children without full access to x27;education.
Ms. Joly says the groups include the Republic of Cameroon, the Ambazonia Governing Council and the Ambazonia Defense Forces, the African People's Liberation Movement and the Defense Forces of Southern Cameroon, the Interim Government, as well as the Ambazonia Coalition Team.
According to the United Nations, fighting continued between state security forces and armed groups, leading to killings and displacement of civilians, including attacks on schools and children.
< p class="e-p">Canada has agreed to play a facilitating role in this process, as part of its commitment to promote peace and security and advance support for democracy and human rights, Ms. Joly said on Friday.
“The agreement to begin a formal process is a first step essential towards peace and towards a safer, more inclusive and more prosperous future for civilians affected by the conflict.
— Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
A government source indicated that there had been previous meetings in Toronto and Quebec to allow negotiations to take place between the different groups.
The source said that Canada is the sole facilitator of the peace process.