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After restoration of internet, UN maintains pressure on gov’t

In a statement commending government for reconnecting internet in the North West and South West regions, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Central Africa reiterates the need for appeasement and dialogue.

“The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Mr. François Louncény Fall, has learnt with relief the decision by President Paul Biya instructing that internet services be fully restored in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon, with effect from 20 April,” reads an April 21 release from the UNOCA office in Libreville, Gabon.

The UN official stated in the statement that the restoration of the internet in English-speaking Cameroon after 93 days blackout, is in line with other measures recently announced by the government to address the demands of English-Speaking teachers and lawyers. He noted that the decision will go a long way to help reduce tension and to create conditions conducive for the resolution of the crisis in the two regions.

Going by the release, the UN regional officer for Central Africa restated his expectation of the government “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.”

President Biya ordered the restoration of internet in the North West and South West regions on April 20. The release announcing the reinstatement of the internet, said the blackout was prompted by citizens’ misuse of the social media. Communication Minister said in the release that the internet was used to incite hate and violence.

The Special Representative, in the UNOCA April 21 statement expressed hope that the same issues will not repeat themselves. He hoped “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.”

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