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From Cameroon Mbella Blames Separatists In Empty UNGA Protected By UN Guterres Who Bans Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR PFT NYP

UN GATE, Sept 27 – From a prison in Yaounde in Cameroon, on September 25 Inner City Press received an open letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres from CRM leader Maurice Kamto who though his intermediary in the US asked that Inner City Press, banned from the UN by Guterres, publish its content. We immediately did, below.

  On September 26 in a nearly empty UN General Assembly Hall Biya's foreign minister Lejeune Mbella Mbelle gave a speech nearly entirely in French, blaming all problems in the SW and NW on separatists. Inner City Press, banned from the UN by Biya's colluder Guterres, puts some of it immediately on Twitter, here. Now here is the whole speech, on YouTube It is shameful - and Guterres is shameless. We'll have more on this.

Here's from Kamto's letter, retyping from PDF and prepared to ask Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming about it in writing:

"Dear Mr. Secretary General, We are very skeptical about your role as an honest broker and neutral facilitator in the resolution of Cameroon's multiform crisis, as would be expected from the UN Secretary General. Our appreciation is based on the following observations: Soon after the presidential election, we wrote to you to warn of the chaotic situation in which Cameroon has been locked up for 37 years, due to a biased and unreliable electoral system....

We notably pointed out the rigging of this election and other resulting crises our country is confronting, epitomized by the Anglophone Norht-West and South-West (NOSO) regions' conflict and related humanitarian drama...

No concrete actions from the UN Secretariat were noticed afterwards. To the same extent, whereas, the recent visit to Cameroon of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Michelle Bachelet, was very disappointed by its poor achievement: an audience with Mr. BIYA, her decoration and a short meeting with some political activists. No field visit to the NOSO afflicted regions and no meeting with the political prisoners. 

Mr BIYA unwillingly undertook the Geneva dialogue initiative. Following its announcement, we were surprised by your prompt endorsement of a process that was bound to fail, as this unilateral approach underlined by a divisive rationale is far from the required broad-based, consensual process and undercuts its credibility... your prompt rush to applaud this initiative without ensuring of the fulfillment of the key conditions for its success. 

In consequence, the credibility of the UN Secretary General is questioned. Truly yours, Mauice Kamto Christian Penda Ekoka Political prisoners, Yaounde, Cameroon, 24 September 2019."  We'll have more on this.

Inner City Press as of September 25 is being banned by Guterres and Melissa Fleming from covering the UN General Assembly, presided over by Nigeria's ambassador Tijjani Muhammed-Bande. We'll have more on this.

Inner City Press live tweeted the shameful May UNSC session and uploaded Guterres' envoy Francois Fall's failing statement here.

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