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US Ambassador returns to Cameroon

HE Peter Barlerin (file photo)

The Ambassador of the United States of America Peter Henry Balerin has returned to Cameroon after spending over two weeks in his home country.

The Ambassodor left Cameroon on May 22 after he was “called to order” by the Minister of External Relations Lejeune Mbella Mbella for comments made to the public after meeting with the Head of State Paul Biya.

His departure led to speculation on a possible diplomatic fracas between both countries but it was later revealed Ambassador Peter Henry Balerin had taken his annual leave  and would only return to Cameroon on June 8.

Sources reveal he finally returned to Yaounde at the weekend and was spotted at the Hilton Hotel in Saturday though he has made he public comment since his return.

It should be recalled Peter Henry Balerin published a statement after meeting with Paul Biya on May 17, 2018 in which he told the Head of State to think of his legacy and how he will like to be remembered.

The American diplomat equally accused the Cameroonian army of carrying targeted killings in the two English-speaking regions of the country as well as accusing separatists of kidnappings.

This did not go down well with the Government of Cameroon who called the Ambassador to “order” through the Minister of External Relations.

A section of the media as well as political actors did not take the Ambassador’s statement kindly with Banda Kani of the Manidem party swearing live on TV against Peter Henty Balerin.

Published on 28.04.2020

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