Navy Captain, ATONFACK GUEMO Head of Communication Division - MINDEF
Cameroon - Honor and Loyalty : major actor in regional peace
An 8th contingent of Cameroonian soldiers leaving for MINUSCA, that is the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stability Mission for the Central African Republic. Seen through the prism of recurrence, the fact might seem ordinary as socio-political instability persists in this neighbouring country. However, taking into consideration the present Central African context marked by the aggravation of power rivalries, the longevity of the Cameroonian presence in this UN peacekeeping operation is the translation of the capital confidence enjoyed by our country in the midst of local, foreign and international protagonists in this hotbed of tension, which if one suspects, will not have been understood, especially in this atmosphere of geostrategic adversity where the blows sometimes fly very low. In addition, there will have been many and various destabilizing maneuvers aimed at the ousting of our country from MINUSCA, of which it even once held command of the Force.
The reasons for Cameroon's success are, however, numerous and solid as well; starting with our country's respect for the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of others, thus at all times respecting a posture of strict neutrality. Cameroon has never sought to take advantage of the difficulties encountered by any country of its close or distant entourage in order to impose her wishes on them. Then comes the capacity and quality potential of Cameroon’s successive contingents of soldiers and gendarmes all, of which have illustrated in an admirable manner their professionalism as well as their humanitarian values. To date, the prestige and esteem of the Central African populations with regard to our troops is still persistent.
Finally, and without being exhaustive, it is worth mentioning the reception reserved for Central African refugees, a reception that goes far beyond international standards in terms of the treatment of this category of people.
So, as much as peace and security in the CAR, the preservation of this privileged status will be the primary concern of the men and women of the battalion and of the two formed police units constituting this 8th contingent of Cameroonian soldiers who received their banner of accreditation this Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
The expedition may as well look peaceful and pacifying, it is nevertheless to be feared that it will be quite restful and even that it will become more complicated with regard to the local entrepreneurs of illegitimate armed violence, them whose ambitions could see itself increased tenfold in the wake of certain recent developments in the security sphere in the Middle East and East Africa.
To the operational vigilance, which they will have to show, the Cameroonian ambassadors for peace in the Central African Republic will have to add an unfailing instinctual discipline, the romantic feeling being likely to tip over a situation that physical force has proved incapable of changing. In a nutshell, they will have to think about it more than once before pulling the trigger.
Brave soldiers of the Republic,
Brave children of Cameroon,
Brave beggars of peace,
Good luck, in the land of Central Africa!!!
Navy Captain ATONFACK GUEMO
Head of Communication
Division - MINDEF
06.12 | 17:52
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