BUEA, 17 June 2021 – Southern Cameroonian liberation movements signatories to the Swiss-led Process have lauded America’s policy of visa restrictions, but want tougher sanctions.
In a statement released Wednesday night, Team Ambazonia also known as (aka) the Ambazonia Coalition Team (ACT), called for “travel bans, asset freezes, arms, economic and financial embargoes, and other initiatives to isolate” the regime of Cameroonian dictator Paul Biya and his sponsors.
ACT has called on the U.S., its allies, and the United Nations “to evoke the principle of Responsibility to Protect, by deploying United Nations peacekeepers […] to patrol a buffer zone between the warring parties” in the former United Nations British Trusteeship Territory of Southern Cameroons renamed Republic of Ambazonia on 1st October 2017.
The deployment of peacekeepers “is the best way of denying Biya’s terrorist forces any visas into our Homeland to pursue their mass slaughter of unarmed civilians,” the Team Ambazonia statement read in part.
ACT called in it for U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to extend the visa restriction policy to members of the families of individuals undermining efforts to end the genocidal violence in Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia.
“The Biya regime is systematically committing atrocity crimes on a large scale in our Homeland,” Team Ambazonia writes in the statement, listing war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crimes of genocide and apartheid as among the horrors visited on the people of Southern Cameroons.
“We have detailed these crimes in our petition now pending before the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court,” the statement adds.
ACT used the statement to remind the international community of the history of the two Cameroons and the heroic resistance to colonial domination by Ambazonian forebears in 1953 when they ended 44 years of Southern Cameroons being administered as part of Nigeria.
“We demand full respect for the rights of our people to self-determination, to self-government, and for an end to colonial domination by French-speaking La Republique du Cameroun (LRC),” the statement said.
Member states of any union of nations have always had the right to self-determination, to self-government, and to peacefully separate from the failed union they joined, the statement added, pointing to a number of cases, including member states of the erstwhile Soviet Union and of the SeneGambia confederation all going their separate ways.
“When unions bringing together nations fail, the unifying states and peoples go their separate ways,” Team Ambazonia wrote in the statement.
The statement reiterated ACT’s willingness to meet with French-speaking Cameroon at “negotiations without preconditions to seek a just and permanent peace that must put an end to the colonial annexation and domination of our people by French-speaking Cameroun”.
The U.S. should understand better than any other country “why Southern Cameroonians alone should govern themselves, determine their future and be masters of their own destiny,” the Team Ambazonia statement concluded.