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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the release of arrested leaders in the Republic of Cameroon

NEW YORK, United States of America, August 31, 2017/APO/ --

Statement attributable to Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General:

The Secretary-General welcomes the release in Cameroon of a number of leaders from the South West and North West regions and the dropping of all charges against them following a 30 August order by President Paul Biya. The Secretary-General hopes that this positive step will lead to a further lowering of tensions and strengthened political dialogue. The Secretary-General encourages the Cameroonian authorities to pursue their efforts to address the grievances of the Anglophone community and promote measures of national reconciliation in order to find a durable solution to the crisis. The Secretary-General reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to continue to support such efforts.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.