HIGH-LEVEL REVITALISATION TALKS FACILITATED BY IGAD IN ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA WELCOMES THE PARTICIPATION OF DR RIEK MACHAR TENY IN THE HIGH-LEVEL REVITALISATION TALKS FACILITATED BY IGAD IN ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomes the participation of Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Chairperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/A-In-Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) in the High-Level Revitalisation talks facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
On Sunday, 17 June 2018, President Ramaphosa consulted with the Heads of State and Government of the IGAD countries on the peace process in South Sudan. The President commends IGAD countries for their tireless efforts in pursuit of a lasting and sustainable solution to the challenges facing South Sudan. In this regard, he welcomes and fully supports the latest efforts aimed at revitalising the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).
President Ramaphosa has further expressed great concern about the continued instability in South Sudan which has resulted in a humanitarian crisis and displacement of people. He also called on all stakeholders to do everything in their power to stop the violence and commit to a constructive dialogue.
President Ramaphosa has reaffirmed South Africa’s commitment to continue working with IGAD and the African Union to assist the people of South Sudan to achieve lasting peace, stability and development. He concluded by wishing the IGAD meetings taking place in Addis Ababa great success.
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Have you noticed what I have noticed? Since floods affected Ivory Coast, in particular, its commercial hub, Abidjan, social media: Facebook is inundated with sympathies from French-speaking Cameroonians to their brothers and sisters in Ivory Coast. Now, how many of them did show sympathy when UB students were raped and beaten by Cameroonian security forces? How many are interested at what's happening in Anglophone Cameroon?
A recent opinion poll conducted by Elmed, which are initials of names of researchers who carried out the findings: Dr. Célestin Elockson, Prof Joël Müller, and Prof Emmanuel Djuatio, showed, the Anglophone crisis was bottom on the list of preoccupations of our Francophone brothers and sisters.
It partly explained why the results of their opinion poll showed that Paul Biya would be the winner if presidential election were to be held as at the time their results were published. I asked one of them: "How can Biya be elected or is expected to be elected, with his poor management of current Anglophone crisis?" His reply was: " It looks like, Anglophone crisis is not their primary concern". And he added: "the opinion poll was conducted in Douala and Yaounde and responses came from 4000 people".
While Douala and Yaounde are the most populated cities in Cameroon, their views are not necessarily those of Cameroon and result from opinion polls are not to be taken into consideration, but they remain nonetheless an important compass to judge a society. Did you notice how they were excited about the political situation in Gabon?
Extract: Elie Smith