Navy Captain ATONFACK GUEMO, Head of Communication Division - MINDEF

HONOR AND LOYALTY : CAMEROON, AN ACTOR IN INTERNATIONAL PEACE

Power to respect international agreements and treaties. This is the second part of the missions assigned to the Cameroonian Defence Forces. An imperative and predominantly humanitarian duty that our contingents of soldiers from the gendarmerie and the armed forces achieve, with rare conviction and equal abnegation, since their very first deployment in a peacekeeping operation under the banner of the United Nations, a body ridge in the matter. It was in Cambodia 30 years ago.

Three decades of working to protect civilians, reconcile positions and reconcile opposing parties, for a return to peace in countries where this commodity is sorely lacking. In addition, the list of these countries in distress of peace to grow longer every day plunged, as they are by other entities in endless so-called low-intensity conflictual ties, but conflictual ties with interactions so inextricable that their resolution even repels to the most determined of goodwill.

Three decades of renewed confidence in the Security Council, the UN arena where the geostrategic perspectives conveyed by the key actors on the world stage is been antagonised. For Cameroon, which is not one of the powers forming this selective and singularly restrictive circle, being accepted uninterruptedly in missions with great political and diplomatic impact as peacekeeping, is in itself an accomplishment.

Except that, the latter is neither the result of chance nor any favour on the part of anyone, but the result of the commitment, activism and good faith of our political leaders. This dynamic is advantageously complemented by the material capacities and operational skills of our contingents.

Another aspect worthy of praise is the high moral standing of our troops, many other contingents having been dismissed in particular for cases of instinctual incontinence, consequently tarnishing the reputation and esteem of their countries on the international level. The performance of the seventh contingent of our soldiers on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission for the Central African Republic is worthy of the congratulations of the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, as his mandate will have covered the electoral period of December 2020 in the Central African Republic, a period that saw a dizzying rise in tensions maintained by armed sections clearly hostile to the process of consolidating institutional legality in this neighbouring country.

In this potentially eruptive context, securing the populations of Bossangoa, Batangafo and Paoua among other localities entrusted to the good care of our soldiers was a high-flying exercise.

Mission nevertheless accomplished with remarkable brio until their solemn return to the Cameroonian soil.

It is now up to the recently deployed eighth contingent to continue on this path of operational performance and human virtue, so that the flowers of peace continue to flourish in the CAR, in Africa and throughout the world in line with Cameroon's international commitments, as promoter of peace.

Navy Captain

ATONFACK GUEMO,

Head of Communication Division - MINDEF