Cameroon on Friday launched a national disarmament program in conflict zones in the far north and the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
A “National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration” (CNDDR) for combatants in conflict zones in Cameroon (…) was created by presidential decree, according to the terms of a statement signed Friday by the President Paul Biya.
The CNDDR is going to allow to “welcome and disarm the ex-combatants” of “Boko Haram and the armed groups of the (Anglophone) regions of North-West and South-West”.
It will also “collect” the weapons of ex-combatants and “help their reintegration into civilian life”.
Based in Yaoundé, the committee will be chaired by Prime Minister Philemon Yang and will have centres in Bamenda and Buea, chief towns of the English-speaking regions, as well as in Mora, one of the main cities of the Far North where Boko Haram is raging.
This decree was promulgated in a context where incidents multiply in English-speaking regions in the midst of a conflict between the army and separatists. On 6 November, President Biya called on the secessionists to lay down their arms.