Fighting Boko Haram: UN Security Council Hails Cameroon's Efforts

The delegation of UN diplomats have given a pass mark to CAMEROON's role in the war against boko haram and management of refugees .

The first lap of their  2 day tour took the 15 UN Security Council Ambassadors in the Lake Chad Basin area and later at the Unity Palace. Announced as an audience, the meeting turned into a working session with the Cameroonian head of state. The unprecedented nature of the visit to the area, the purpose of the meeting, the size of the delegation and the quality of the hosts led to the choice of the Council of Ministers' room as a framework.

It was at 10:50 am that the delegation of the UN envoys arrives at the unity palace. Under the joint leadership of Britain's ambassadors (whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for the month of March), France and Senegal. In the room chosen for the occasion, the Head of State himself welcomed each of the 15 UN ambassadors personally. After this welcome ritual, the doors closed, the meeting was held in camera. The head of state is surrounded by three members of the government, the minister delegated to the presidency in charge of defense, Joseph Beti Assomo, the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, René-Emmanuel Sadi, The Minister delegate at the president in charge of Commonwealth Relations, Joseph Dion Ngute, and Ambassador Michel Tommo Monthe, Permanent Representative of Cameroon to the United Nations.

Speaking to the press after the consultation, which lasted nearly an hour, the co-presidents of the UN mission unanimously praised Cameroon for its exemplary commitment to the fight against the terrorist sect Boko Haram, For its hospitality to refugees and for its efforts in terms of resilience to sustainable development. Britain's Ambassador Mathew Rycroft stressed that their discussions with the Cameroonian Head of State focused on the factors that constitute the breeding ground for terrorism in the Lake Chad area, including poverty and lack of Basic social services. The United Nations, he said, advised the States in the area to adopt a comprehensive approach to address the root causes of terrorism, including governance and development. The visit is thus in line with the prospect of a co-operation orientation towards the challenges of security, humanitarian emergency and socio-economic development. The French ambassador to the UN calls the war against the terror group in the Lake Chad Basin silent.

François Delattre proposed to radically reverse the gaze on this area. "The Lake Chad region has not received the attention it deserves from the international community and this mission is there to remedy this mistake, " notes the head of the French mission to United Nations. "We have come to listen, accompany and encourage Cameroon and other countries to meet all these challenges with the contribution of the international community," he concludes. For the Senegalese ambassador Fode Seck, "this war has been imposed on Cameroon which remains a haven of peace in the sub region". He expressed concern about Cameroon's heavy burden of refugees.

Before leaving the Unity Palace, each ambassador received the medal of the fiftieth anniversary of the independence and reunification of Cameroon from the hands of the Cameroonian head of state.

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