The AGC Coordinator, who was recently in Washington DC on the invitation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Senate, was speaking in a telephone chat with The Post in Douala recently. Elie Smith stressed that the US Government, Congress and Senate are quite preoccupied with the current situation in the two Anglophone Regions.
He said, not only are the Americans determined to do everything possible to see that peace returns to Anglophone Cameroon, but that they also want to see that the Anglophone people (minority) should have justice.
Elie Smith said he did not have the details of the possible sanctions that the United States might slam if the Cameroon Government continues to be resistant to the repeated proposals and appeals by the people of Anglophone Cameroon and the international community, that she should rapidly organise genuine and inclusive dialogue to end the worsening crisis.
Elie Smith quickly added that the US is working on this issue of trying to seek a solution to the Anglophone Crisis, with the European Union, EU. He explained that if things get to the point of slamming sanctions, the US will do it jointly with the EU.
The AGC Coordinator asserted that, as the US Assistant Secretary of State in charge of Africa, Affairs, Tibor Nagy, explained at the US Congress on May 16, the US is prioritising the option of working with other partners to get the Cameron Government to see the urgent need to organise constructive dialogue, without preconditions, to end the Anglophone Crisis.
He also recalled that the senior US official as well asserted that the conflict can only be resolved by dialogue and not by military means as some hardliners in the regime are trying to convince President Biya.