Christoph Hoffman, head of the German Parliamentary Group for Central African, said on Tuesday in an interview granted DW that Germany can only mediate in the Anglophone crisis and not provide military aid to Cameroon.
“We visited Cameroon two months ago and we spoke to parliamentarians and we see a great need for Germany to mediate in the conflict rather than give more military aid to the cpuntry’s security forces, especially given that Cameroon is a former German colony.” he said.
To him. Germany’s military mission in Cameroon ended before the Anglophone crisis escalated.
“German mission should have ended two years ago when the conflict in the North West and South West went violent. At that point, it was obvious that civil rights were not being respected,” he added.
Hoffman admitted that Germany cannot be sure of the respect of civil rights in the restive North West and South West regions if its equipment are used.
“We never can tell if the equipment that Germany had delivered would not be part of the conflict in the South West and North West,”, he noted.
The German parliament has urged Angela Merke) to visit Câmeroon and initiate a dialogue process.
“There is 50% chance she will visit Cameroon. She has been visiting other countries and Cameroon is overdue to be visited.
We cannot tell leaders what to do but we should) press as European community to demand civil rights in the country”, he added.
“Cameroon has always been an anchor of security in Central Africa sub region. So I think its a very good idea to stabilize the country by initiating a peace process and get prosperity for the people there, so that the country can be a symbol of wealth.” Hoffman said..
Quizzed on the feasibility of the mediation when the Yaounde regime is noted for hardly heeding to international conventions on human rights. Hoffman said it’s not up to any foreign country to bring about the change but Paul Biya who is president of Cameroon
He regretted that the romance between Europe and some sit-tight African leaders has been to the detriment of the population.
“We should press hard as a European community to demand civil rights in that country. We should also consider economic means of forcing the respect for civil rights and humanitarian rights.” he posited.
Germany’s military mission in Cameroon started in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency in the Far North Region. Hoffman said the Bundeswehr training mission was a humanitarian act to help Cameroon forces defend themselves against terrorists in the North.
“The mission has ended and cannot be renewed.” the FDP parliamentarian said. “Any of such missions has to be approved by parliament.” he added.