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Foumban Conference, the Birthplace of Reunification.

Fanso Professor of History, University of Yaounde. By the end of the conference, instead of creating an entirely new constitution, the contributions of the Southern Cameroons delegates were reflected in suggestions made to the draft initially presented to them.

Retrieved from ” https: This page was last conefrence on 28 Decemberat The Federal Republic of Cameroon was to have a single nationality. Book of the day.

History explains why Cameroon is at war with itself over language and culture

The United Nations documents defined the basis of integration as: These negotiations were concluded at the Foumban Conference in July In October lawyers went on a strike in an effort to force the government to stop appointing Francophone magistrates who spoke no English and had no training in common law to preside over toumban in the Anglophone regions.

The current dispute is between the part of the country that was once run by the British, and the larger part where French is spoken and which was once run by the French. They feel their judicial, educational and local government systems should be protected.


AAG was one of the first groups in the diaspora to endorse the Cameroon-based Consortium as a peaceful alternative to achieving a return to the pre federated system. They have ruled the country in an authoritarian way since the unification of the two former United Nations trusteeship territories — French Cameroun and British Southern Cameroons — in The Federal states of West Cameroon and east Cameroon were abolished and Cameroon was divided into 7 provinces.

The Anglophones, who received none of the support promised by the British or the UN, were effectively sidelined. A centralised system of government was established in Yaounde. These agreements must be revisited and respected if the crisis is to end.

Decisions of the Foumban Conference

The reunified Cameroon would be known, as the Federal Republic of Cameroon. Southern Cameroonians wanted nothing more to do with Nigeria.

There was to be two autonomous federated states conferenxe headed by a prime minister. Over the next few days a number of people were killed, some reports suggesting 17 others suggesting as many as Journal of Global Initiatives: The British-controlled southern Cameroons was then separated from Nigeria and was due to achieve full independence on October 1 Mbile, a Southern Cameroonian representative at the conference noted, “Free from all the unrest that had scared Southern Cameroonians, the Francophone authorities had picked the place deliberately for the occasion.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The regions were centrally governed but neither of the two presidents since unification have spoken nor understood English.


Advocates of Federation want conferende return to the constitution agreed upon in the Foumban Conference that acknowledges the history and culture of the two regions while giving equal power to the two.

Join us in Foumbab. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license. The climate in Foumban real or artificial went far to convince us that despite the stories of ‘murder and fire,’ there could be at least this island of peace, east of the Mungo.

Foumban Conference, the Birthplace of Reunification. – the insight world

Since then Anglophones have pushed for autonomy. The United Nations obliged that Britain and France relinquish their colonies and guide them towards independence. Fanso conderence not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Government security forces were deployed and used excessive. Journal of Contemporary Conferdnce Studies. Historical Dictionary of the British Empire. You are commenting using your WordPress. Help us bring facts and expertise to the public.

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