Honor and Loyalty : Peace among Nations, Peace in every Nation

How many more bombs would have to fall, how many more cities to be destroyed, how many more people to perish, before the path of dialogue is taken?

We thus endorse a very recent statement by Antonio Guterres, in which the Secretary General of the United Nations urged the protagonists of the war in Eastern Europe to sit around the negotiating table, to seek a peaceful solution to the dispute between them.

More or less, and although his focus was on a part of the world other than ours, this outing by the highest international official can without difficulty fit into the gamut of peace initiatives taken at the local level, with a view to defusing the crisisatmosphere in Cameroon.

This is more so as we are all too familiar withthe number of refugees and displaced persons, the level of destruction of infrastructure, tragedies, crimes and violence of all kinds that we are confronted with.

Admittedly, this devastating situation has attracted the sympathy of some charitable souls worldwide, but without this outpouring of solidarity managing to eradicate the burden of untold suffering endured by our people for almost a decade.

Now that the attention of the major actors of the international community is totally focused on a crisis of barely a month, it becomes clear that only a mobilisation of our own forces (those of peace and not of war), only our own forces, we said, can get us out of the conflictsituation in which we have been stuck for so long and in the process of being forgotten.

The prevailing situation is a godsend for someother thana divided Africa, a continent characterised bydismembered and destabilised countries.

There is an urgent need to return to internalmeans of consultation, regulation and resolution of crises, the previous ones having moreover witnessed a prompt, timely, effective and proactive materialisation of the resolutions thereof.

We must rely on our own strength to spare ourselves those terrorist and destructive tribulations programmed in advance by others to last an eternity. We must rely on our own strength to resist the shady, self-serving and castrating Manichaeism of the dominant players in global competition. Let us remain vigilant.

Navy Captain

ATONFACK GUEMO,

Head of Communication Division - MINDEF