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UN Human rights chief sees ‘window of opportunity’ to solve Cameroon crises

The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner says her recent visit to Cameroon offers a window of opportunity to solve the crisis rocking the North West and South West regions of the country.

Michelle Bachelet who rounded off a three-day visit to Cameroon at the weekend met with Cameroon’s Head of State Paul Biya as well as other political and civil society actors in the country.

She welcomed the country’s willingness to cooperate over finding workable solutions to “major human rights and humanitarian crises”,

” “I believe there is a clear – if possibly short – window of opportunity to arrest the crises that have led to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people, as well as the killings and brutal human rights violations and abuses that have affected the northern and western areas of the country,” Ms. Bachelet said in a statement.

She warned that it would not be an easy process and will” take significant actions on the part of the Government, and substantial and sustained support from the international community – including us in the UN.”

It is essential to tackle the root causes of the crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon or the situation could comletely spiral out of control, Michelle Bachelet said.

 

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