The United States has issued visa restrictions on individuals who are provoking violence in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon.
While expressing concern over the violence in a statement on Monday June 7, 2021, the State Department called for amicable resolution between the Cameroonian government and separatist armed groups.
The Department urged the parties to end the violence and engage in a dialogue without preconditions to peacefully resolve the crisis.
“It is important that children can attend school and that humanitarian aid can be delivered. We urge all relevant stakeholders in Cameroon and in the diaspora to engage constructively and seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis,” the statement reads.
It adds, “We condemn those who undermine peace through engaging in or inciting violence, human rights violations and abuses, and threats against advocates for peace or humanitarian workers.”
It revealed that the establishment of a policy imposing visa restrictions on individuals who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the peaceful resolution of the crisis in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon.
According to the Department, this decision reflects US commitment to advance a dialogue to peacefully resolve the Anglophone crisis and support respect for human rights.
“The US strongly supports the Cameroonian people, and we remain committed to working together to advance democracy and mutual prosperity for both our countries,” the statement concludes.