Washington D.C. to Host International Conference on the Armed Conflict in the Southern Cameroons

Conference to establish a majority position and develop a detailed framework for robust post-conflict reconstruction from March 19-21, 2020
By: Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations
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WASHINGTON - Jan. 24, 2020 - PRLog -- or the past six weeks, the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations has engaged in a broad-based consultative process with Southern Cameroonians regarding the need to organize an international conference on the escalating armed conflict. The Coalition received feedback from over 4,631 Southern Cameroonians with more than 95 percent in support of such a conference. Given this overwhelming support, The Coalition, working with various stakeholder groups, is very pleased to announce that the International Conference on the Armed Conflict in Southern Cameroons will take place in Washington D.C from March 19 to 21, 2020 under the theme:

"Defining a Pathway for Our Future"

Southern Cameroonians are citizens of the former British Southern Cameroons, currently North-West and South-West Regions of the Republic of Cameroon, and are sometimes referred to as "Anglophones" or "Ambazonians." The Coalition has decided to use the United Nations recognized appellation: Southern Cameroons or Southern Cameroonians.

These consultations have involved Southern Cameroonian professionals of all walks of life, civil society leaders, all leaders of "restorationist" (separatist) groups, Southern Cameroons political leaders, activists, religious and traditional leaders, members of parliament, businessmen and businesswomen, youth leaders, academics, media personalities and members of the diaspora. Consultations have also involved multilateral institutions, members of the diplomatic community and international non-governmental organizations.

The Conference has two main objectives:

• Engage all segments and professionals of Southern Cameroons origin to establish the majority view on a pathway to a permanent negotiated solution to the armed conflict, and
•  Develop a detailed framework for a robust post-conflict reconstruction.

Seven Working Groups (WG) have been established to guide deliberations throughout the conference. WGs are made up of technical experts, representatives from major stakeholder groups and interested Southern Cameroonians. The 7 Working Groups are: (1). Mediation and Negotiations, (2) Economic Reconstruction, (3) Judiciary and Constitutional Affairs, (4) Peacebuilding and Public Security, (5) Healthcare and Humanitarian Relief, (6) Education and Vocational Empowerment, and (7) Governance.

The Coalition strongly encourages Southern Cameroonians from all walks of life to become actively engaged in defining a pathway to peace and the post-conflict future of Southern Cameroons.

To register to attend conference, join a working group, become a volunteer
or submit a written or oral statement, visit https://aic.coalitionfdn.org/
On Twitter use #SCIC2020.

To allow for proper planning, the deadline for the accreditation of all conference delegates is March 1, 2020.

Contact: Rick Ferreira, Executive Director at Rick.Ferreira@coalitionfdn.org

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