United States: the crisis of separatists in Cameroon could get "much, much worse"


JOHANNESBURG – The leading US diplomat in Africa said the separatist crisis in Cameroon could worsen further, stating that "the last thing we need" is increasing radicalization in response to the actions of the security forces.

Tibor Nagy told journalists Thursday that the situation in the Central African nation is getting worse by the day and "it worries me a lot".

He said the United States called for a dialogue between the Cameroonian government and the English-speaking separatists who arose from peaceful protests against the alleged marginalization of English-speaking people in the largely French-speaking country.

Nagy said that neighboring Nigeria comes to mind, where the government's "brutal response" to extremism has led to growing membership in Boko Haram.

The American diplomat has suggested "some form of decentralization" in Cameroon as mentioned in a constitution proposal for the country.

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