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Ambassador Herman J. Cohen to Speak at Conference on the Armed Conflict in the Southern Cameroons

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WASHINGTON - eTradeWire -- The Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations is delighted and honored to announce Ambassador Herman J. Cohen will deliver the keynote address at the International Conference on the Armed Conflict in Southern Cameroons and will  be a key part of this conversation about peace building in Cameroon.

Ambassador Cohen, now retired, has devoted his entire professional career to African and European affairs. He served as ambassador, advisor to presidents, and a veteran of the Foreign Service for 38 years. Among his many accomplishments, Cohen spent 5 years as the Senior Advisor of the Global Coalition for Africa and was the Assistant Secretary of State for Africa for 4 years. Cohen is responsible for helping to bring about peaceful transitions of power in South Africa and Namibia, and was instrumental in ending conflicts in Angola, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.

The Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations has engaged in a broad-based consultative process with Southern Cameroonians regarding the need to organize an international conference on the escalating armed conflict. The Coalition received feedback from over 4,631 Southern Cameroonians with more than 95 percent in support of such a conference. Given this overwhelming support, The Coalition, working with various stakeholder groups, will hold  the International Conference on the Armed Conflict in Southern Cameroons in Washington D.C from March 19 to 21, 2020 under the theme:

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"Defining a Pathway for Our Future"

These consultations involved Southern Cameroonian professionals of all walks of life, civil society leaders, all leaders of "restorationist" (separatist) groups, Southern Cameroons political leaders, activists, religious and traditional leaders, members of parliament, businessmen and businesswomen, youth leaders, academics, media personalities and members of the diaspora. Consultations have also involved multilateral institutions, members of the diplomatic community and international non-governmental organizations.

The Conference has two main objectives:

• Engage all segments and professionals of Southern Cameroons origin to establish the majority view on a pathway to a permanent negotiated solution to the armed conflict, and
• Develop a detailed framework for a robust post-conflict reconstruction.

The Coalition therefore strongly encourages Southern Cameroonians from all walks of life to become actively engaged in defining a pathway to peace and the post-conflict future of Southern Cameroons.

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For important conference timeline details, please visit the website at: https://aic.coalitionfdn.org

To allow for proper planning, the deadline for the accreditation of all conference delegates is March 1, 2020.

Contact: Rick Ferreira, Executive Director at Rick.Ferreira@coalitionfdn.org

Kevin Lampe

Source: Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations
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