Visit to Cameroon of Mr. Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior of the French Republic
The French Minister of the Interior, Mr. Bernard Cazeneuve, visited Cameroon on Friday, May 15, 2015.
Arrived at 12pm at the Nsimalen airport in Yaounde, Mr. Bernard Cazeneuve spoke briefly with Mr. René Sadi, his Cameroonian counterpart, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization. The two ministers exchanged a few words about their areas of expertise such as immigration and refugee aid, subject of a major cooperation between the two countries.
The French delegation then headed to the presidential palace, where a meeting with President of the Republic of Cameroon, HE. Paul Biya, was expected. The French Interior Minister, accompanied by the ambassador of France in Cameroon, Mrs. Christine Robichon and three other members of the delegation met with H.E. Paul Biya for an hour. At the end of this interview, the Interior Minister has spoken to the press highlighting the high level of trust between Cameroon and France which helped to tackle all subjects with great precision.
Was on the discussion agenda, the fight against terrorism and more specifically the determination of France to help African countries such as Cameroon to fight by themselves terrorist groups such as Boko Haram. The migration and development isses were also at the exchange menu. France is supporting Cameroon ’s efforts to face migratory consequences of conflicts in CAR and northeast of Nigeria by increasing its contributions through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Food Programme and the Red Cross, to provide assistance to these refugees, displaced persons and host populations. This is a problem which is also affecting the European Union with the influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean sea to seek asylum or to improve their economic situation. The Minister stressed the willingness of Europe to welcome solidarity asylum seekers, often persecuted in their countries, and to help youth to implement their country of origin development projects.
Finally, this meeting with the Cameroonian Head of State was also an opportunity to address the need for cooperation to jointly fight against international crime organizations. Numerous traffic present on the continent make it vulnerable. The increased cooperation between the French and Cameroonian Justice and Police services would be one way to fight more effectively against these scourges.
Mr. Bernard Cazeneuve then went to the International School of the Security Forces (EIFORCES) at Awae, where he was welcomed by the Minister in charge of Defence Mr. Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o.
This visit allowed to discover the excellent trainings taught in this Cameroonian school to security forces of the continent, but also the quality of international cooperation and Franco-Cameroonian cooperation in particular. Two French technical experts are involved in this school and France is the first donor to the school she has supported since its inception.
After presenting the various programs offered by the EIFORCES School, students staged a demonstration covering a wide range of tasks carried out by security forces : demining, forensic, containment of protests in respect of human rights, etc.
The interior minister then headed towards the embassy of France in Cameroon, where he met several former migrant promoters of local development projects funded by the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII ).
His visit ended in Yaounde at the residence of France, where a reception was organized for the French community living in Cameroon.