Leave a comment Opinions By southcam The Foumban Constitutional Conference of was not properly coordinated because the Southern Cameroons delegation had no constitutional powers to adequately discuss about relations with a third party. On this day the British also ceased to govern the territory through the British Governor General of Nigeria. Hence, powers were given back to the British Government in London who assigned an expatriate Colonial Officer known as Commissioner for Cameroons representing the British government in Buea. The conference failed to achieve its objectives which were to establish a unique Federation of two states equal in status on the continent of Africa and secondly to evolve a bicultural society in which the distinct heritage of each of the parties to the union would flourish. The Foumban Conference was therefore the beginning of the untold misery of the People of Southern Cameroons Ambazonia. In fact, instead of containing a unique federation in the two Cameroons, the Southern Cameroons has become a People with numerous problems.
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That is why Southern Cameroons was defended by seconded British troops from the UK who remained in place until 30th Sept when the British trust mandate over the territory expired. But having been governed from Nigeria until 30 Sept , the defence was assured by the Nigerian Army, domestic control by the Nigeria Police Force, and most senior Administrative officers were Nigerian Civil servants.
A dramatic withdrawal of all these services would have created chaos. Cameroons should attain independence by joining either Nigeria or La Republique du Cameroun. Prior to that date, Res. Unfortunately, that Conference never took place, so there is no joining Agreement, a copy of which had to be mandatorily filed at the UN Secretariat to legitimize the Union. It is therefore safe to state that the process for making a legitimate union between a member state of the UN as LRC then was, with the UN trust territory of S.
Cameroons ,having not been complied with, the parties have never legally joined, but are living in a state of political concubinage but not of legal wedlock. Upon the departure of the British defence forces on 30th Sept , La Republique du Cameroun took advantage of the void and marched its own forces into Southern Cameroons, and has been in colonial occupation till date.
Since the date of the independence of the territory of Southern Cameroons was fixed by the UN General Assembly for 1st Oct , this independence was suppressed by La Republique du Cameroun marching into and annexing the defenceless territory a day before S. Cameroons was to graduate to sovereignty. There is evidence that on 30 Sept , Britain, contrary to the landmark Res. The Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Referendum for self-determination in progress is to prove to the UN that Britain failed in its trust duty in not handing the Instruments of Power to the indigenous Govt of Southern Cameroons then in place, but to a third party, thereby aiding and abetting the annexation of the territory and People of Southern Cameroons to the colonial servitude of La Republique du Cameroun.
Because Southern Cameroons was a UN trust territory under British Administration, it is legitimate to seek the support of the UN to this failed or uncompleted process of de-colonization. Humbly submitted.
Foumban Conference, the Birthplace of Reunification.
The Foumban Constitutional Conference: A bad beginning for Southern Cameroons
CONCLUSION DE LA CONFERENCE DE 1961 A FOUMBAN