UNITED NATIONS TRUST TERRITORY OF THE SOUTHERN CAMEROONS REPORT ON THE MISSION TO THE HAGUE. Prepared and presented by Dr. Arnold Boh Yongbang, FWACS, FRCOG, SCARM Acting Chair / UNPO Resource Person and Contact. 30 December 2004. 1. The Journey to UNPO: 1.1 In 1993, His Royal Highness, Fon Fogum Gorji Dinka, Head of State of the Republic of Ambazonia, sought membership of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation. His application was rejected because he could not show proof that the Ambazonia Movement had grassroots support in the Southern Cameroons. 1.2 In 1994, Justice A.N.T. Mbu, then Legal Adviser in the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) Executive, submitted an application on behalf of the SCNC during the Elad leadership but the application was never followed up. 1.3 In August 1995, the Cameroon Anglophone Movement (CAM) contacted the General Secretary of the UNPO directly through Mr. Ebenezer Tabot Tabot, CAM’s representative then at The Hague. We clarified to the General Secretary then that the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) was the sole legitimate representative of the peoples of the Southern Cameroons and that all Southern Cameroons liberation movements and organizations, with the exception of the Ambazonia Movement, operate under the umbrella of the SCNC. 1.3.1 We also emphasized the fact that the Cameroon Anglophone Movement (CAM), the vanguard movement for the liberation of the Southern Cameroons from the evil bondage of La Republique du Cameroun and France, was instrumental in creating the SCNC as an umbrella organization. The initiatives CAM undertakes internationally through its foreign network as well as directly from the base, become operational through the SCNC. 1.4 In 1996, during the covet mission in Abidjan, the SCNC, through the initiative of Mr. Philip Njaru of the Southern Cameroons Youth League (SCYL) who had written to the UNPO for a training program for which he was being considered, wrote to the UNPO General Secretary again. It was evident that the UNPO had difficulty identifying the real leader of the struggle for the liberation of the peoples of the Southern Cameroons. Mr. Njaru also put us in touch with The Netherlands Council for Indigenous Peoples, and it was through this contact that the SCNC was invited to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Durban, South Africa in November 1999 as a member of the Commonwealth Association of Indigenous Peoples, an invitation we could not honour because of sabotage by Mr. Stephen N. Tita at home and the unconscionable blunders of Dr. Januarius J. Asongu, then Secretary-General of SCAC-NA in the North American diaspora 1.5 In October 1998, the Prince Esoka Ndoki Mukete leadership of the SCNC decided to send a delegation to the UNPO to follow up on the application for membership for the Southern Cameroons. During the first week of November, I had telephoned the UNPO Secretariat for an appointment with the UNPO General Secretary. And on November 11, 1998 the secretariat faxed to me an invitation for a meeting with the General Secretary for Friday, 20 November 1998. We went to work mobilizing funds for a 5-man delegation: in the end we had mobilized enough funds for only a 3-man delegation comprising Prince Esoka Ndoki Mukete (SCNC National Chairman, Emmanuel Visha Fai (SCNC Secretary General), and Dr. Arnold Boh Yongbang (SCNC National Treasurer). Mr. Visha unbelievably missed the flight that took off from the Nsimalen airport and was absent at the UNPO briefing on 20 November 1998. 1.5 The Ndoki Mukete delegation convinced the General Secretary beyond any shadow of a doubt with the support of 22 documents, that the SCNC had the legitimacy and the mandate to represent the peoples of the Southern Cameroons. We were then asked to pay the registration fees, which we did promptly. The General Secretary at once invited the SCNC to participate at the Annual Diplomacy Training Program in Peace-Building, Peoples Diplomacy and Human Rights to be held in Mannila in the Philippines on January 10-31, 1999. And within days of our registration the Southern Cameroons file at UNPO shot to the top of their list of priorities as the General Secretary was determined to take the Southern Cameroons case to the United Nations General Assembly by the end of 1999. 1.6 Unknown to us, the UNPO was rocked by a financial crisis that nearly crippled the organization. Thanks to the timely intervention of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, whose leader is the current chair of the UNPO Steering Committee, Senator Parris H. Chang, who came to the rescue and salvaged the organization from collapse. 1.7 In June 2004, Godfrida Bamjo, our compatriot seeking asylum in The Netherlands, struck up a social relationship with Jeroen Zandberg, a young European who happened to be a Research Fellow at the UNPO Secretariat at The Hague. She immediately linked him up with the SCARM leadership back home and, through his good offices, SCARM was asked to reconstitute the SCNC application in conformity with UNPO guidelines. This I did overnight and presented it to Chief Ette Otun Ayamba, the home front SCNC chairman, to put it on the SCNC letter head and return to me for onward transmission to UNPO. He did but clumsily tried to edit it; and in the process ruined the whole document. I had to do it all over again and we met in Mr. Sabum’s house at Mutengene where he signed the redone copy for onward transmission to UNPO. I later returned the ruined copy to him as his own copy for his archives. 1.8 SCARM maintained a steady and regular contact with the our `moyo’, the Research Fellow at UNPO, through Godesse. He informed us when the Steering Committee Meeting would hold. And on Tuesday, 2 November 2004, the UNPO General Secretary, Italian born Marino Busdachin, wrote to me informing me that on 17, 18 and 19 December 2004 a Steering Committee Meeting would be held during which the requests for membership would be presented. He took the liberty to inform me that after a thoroughly conducted research by the UNPO Secretariat, he had decided to recommend the admittance of the Southern Cameroons to membership of the UNPO. 1.9 I informed Chief Ayamba at once that he would lead the delegation. I also asked him to select one SCNC Councillor, with the exception of Nfor Ngala Nfor and Prince Humphrey Hitler Mbinglo, from the Northern Zone to accompany him. And he chose Mr. Martin Ngock, who until recently was with the Fossung camp; we rejected that choice. I also alerted him to carry along with him the annual membership fees of US$1000 (one thousand US dollars). He complained there was no money, but I asked him to tell Nfor Ngala Nfor to disburse some of the asylum racketeering money for a noble cause this time around. I reminded him that it was his responsibility as head of the delegation to ensure that the annual membership fees of US$ 1000 was paid. 1.10 On Monday, 15 November 2004, the Director UNPO Secretariat, Ms. Kim Maureen Delvalle, sent another letter to me reiterating the dates set for the Steering Committee Meeting and kindly inviting me to attend. She asked me to inform her at my earliest convenience on my availability and possible participation at the Meeting. I replied at once indicating that I would be available for the meeting, and that I would crave the indulgence of the General Secretary to attend with a delegation of 3-5 persons. 1.11 On Monday, 22 November 2004, the Director of the UNPO Secretariat dispatched another letter to me requesting the transfer of the annual membership fees to the UNPO bank account at The Hague. She indicated that the payment would enable the Secretariat to continue with their effort to present the SCNC to the UNPO Steering Committee. Without waiting to hear from Chief Ayamba about the funds, I immediately wired the US$ 1000 (one thousand US dollars) to the designated account from my own resources. 1.12 In the same letter of 22 November 2004, the Director UNPO Secretariat asked me to send our FLAG by mail. I contacted Chief Ayamba who claimed he was talking to me from the Nigerian border on his way to the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights. He directed me to contact Prince Humphrey Hitler Mbinglo for the flag, or Mrs. Luma. I got Prince Mbinglo and he said the flag was some where in Ndu; so I asked Mama Lamfu to follow up that line. I drove down to Tiko and collected the one from Mrs. Luma. I got washed and ironed and then parceled it by registered mail to UNPO. 1.13 I went on to request individual invitations for the following five persons. The Secretariat faxed them all to me on 2 December 2004.. *Chief Ette Otun Ayamba – SCNC Chair / Leader of the Delegation. *Barrister Blaise Berinyuy – Ambazonia PM *Ms. Godfrida Bamjo – Facilitator *Pastor Abel Bokwe Diange – Councillor from Ndian *Dr. Arnold Boh Yongbang. – SCARM Acting Chair /UNPO Contact Person. 1.14 I then set about lobbying for sponsors. I addressed a well thought out brief on the UNPO Invitation to our compatriot, Dr. Mal Fobi, in California, USA, who at once said he was going to study it. He did and came back to me with the generous offer of funding the air tickets because he did not want it to be a MAL FOBI Mission. I went ahead to book our reservations with ELTA Travel Agency even though the sponsor would rather use ONE WORLD Travel Agency who, we discovered, had closed down its offices in the country. In the end it turned out to be a Dr. MAL FOBI-funded Mission, for which generations of Southern Cameroonians will forever be thankful. 1.15 The only lady in the group, Ms. Godfrida Bamjo, who has gone down on record as being responsible for the re-opening of the Southern Cameroons file at the UNPO, could not travel because she had recently won her case for asylum in Canada and could not travel back to The Hague before the Canadian Government had given her the official papers. 1.16 Chief Ayamba told me that he would have to travel to Lagos for his visa for fear that he might be detained and/or his passport seized in Yaounde. And so on Sunday, 12 December 2004, I drove from Douala to Tiko where I met Chief Ayamba in Dr. Luma’s house, who told me he was on his way to Lagos, and handed him his invitation. He told me he was leaving for Lagos immediately. I gave him the coordinates for ONE WORLD Travel Agency for his air ticket and wished him well. 1.17 My own campaign to raise funds for the Mission received a very timid response from only three compatriots, all new converts to the struggle, who together contributed 300.000 FCFA (three hundred thousand francs cfa); but that was by far short of our needs for a 3-man delegation. So I went back to our compatriot, Dr. Mal Fobi, who very generously agreed to absorb the accommodation bill as well. He faxed his coordinates and his Credit Card to the Belgian Embassy, who are responsible for the affairs of The Netherlands in the Cameroons, but the Consular Officer refused to consider it as meeting the financial requirements the Embassy had asked us to produce – travellers cheques and air tickets. It is worth noting that the consular staff who interviewed us at the Belgian Embassy were francophone Cameroun ladies who manifested undisguised hostility towards us. 1.18 But when the three of us, Barrister Berinyuy, Pastor Diange and my humble self, returned to the Belgian Embassy at 8 am on Tuesday morning, 14 December 2004, behold we found Chief Ayamba there together with Nfor Ngala Nfor. You could have knocked me down with a feather, as Akwaya would say. I went up to Chief and greeted him and Nfor Ngala Nfor. I told the Chief I was surprised to see him in Yaounde after he had given me the impression that he was travelling to Lagos for his visa. I asked him whether he did not think that by such uncoordinated action he was giving the impression both to the Embassy and to UNPO that we were going to UNPO in a divided delegation. It was Nfor Ngala Nfor who replied that it would not be seen as such except the impression was manifested. And we closed the topic. I made up my mind that I must not do anything that would give the impression that the delegation to UNPO was split, and I worked towards achieving that goal even if I had to work with the devil as it was now apparent. 1.19 What happened is that Chief Ayamba lied to me that he was going to Lagos so that I should give him his own invitation which he then used to bypass me as the contact person and got in touch with the UNPO Secretariat directly and, as Chairman of the SCNC and leader of the delegation, asked for an invitation for Nfor Ngala Nfor. And so Nfor Ngala Nfor, true to type, again successfully crooked his way into the UNPO delegation! 1.20 Barrister Blaise Berinyuy and Pastor Abel Bokwe Diange could not be given visas because we could not produce travellers cheques requested by the Embassy after the Consul had refused to consider Dr. Mal Fobi’s offer to take care of our hotel accommodation at The Hague. The Consul said she was giving me a concession because she saw that I had travelled widely but requested my bank statement which was instantly faxed to her by my bankers. And on that note she gave me a visa at about 3.15 pm on Wednesday, 15 December 2004 curiously apologizing to me for the delay in issuing me a visa. 1.21 ELTA Yaounde was able to secure for me the only available economy seat on the Air France flight leaving Douala for Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris that midnight at an exorbitant return fare of 929000FCFA. I left Yaounde by Guarranti Express at 6.15 pm; reached Douala at 10 pm with barely two hours to catch the flight, and not having packed. I don’t know how I did it, but I was able to check in at 10.50 pm. I had confided all on that mission to the care of the Lord God Almighty. 1.22 Chief Ayamba and Nfor Ngala Nfor had no problems producing their travellers cheques and air tickets. They did not even bother with the tickets offered by our compatriot Dr. Mal Fobi. They got their visas at the same time as I did but returned to Bamenda instead. They eventually arrived The Hague on the second day of the Meeting probably because they could not get an earlier airline booking at the peak of the Xmas travel season. But they eventually did take advantage of the accommodation offered by Dr. Mal Fobi and we all stayed at Hotel Mercure at The Hague until Monday morning of 20 December 2004. 1.23 I arrived The Hague at about 5 pm on the eve of the UNPO Steering Committee Meeting, Thursday, 16 December 2004, and took a taxi from DEN HAAG CENTRAL STATION to the UNPO office. I was warmly received by the General Secretary, Mr. Marino Busdachin; the Director UNPO Secretariat, Ms. Kim Maureen Delvalle; and a host of technical staff: they were all busy with preparations for the Steering Committee Meeting the next day. But the General Secretary took time off to brief me on the preparations and assured me of our admission. After briefing about our the Southern Cameroons case at the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights, he requested the coordinates of the African Commission as he wanted the UNPO to have a hearing status with the Court. I have since provided him with all the coordinates. I gave the General Secretary, Ms. Kim and Jeroen (our “moyo”) each a bag and a packet of Cameroon coffee and Tole Tea which I had brought for them, and retired to Hotel Mercure which the Secretariat had reserved for the delegates and which was also the venue of the 3-day Steering Committee Meeting. I went to work polishing up my presentation of the Southern Cameroons Case for the next day. 1.24 Their arrival at the close of the morning session that second working day, Saturday, 18 November 2004, was sensational as they appeared in their traditional robes which caused quite a stare. I received them on arrival at the Conference Hall and introduced them to members of the General Secretary and the Secretariat staff. 2. Opening of the Meeting: 2.1 The Steering Committee Meeting opened on Friday, 17 December 2004, at 2 pm. In the chair was Mr. Erkin Alptekin, a past UNPO General Secretary who had to hand over the office on account of ill-health to the present Acting General Secretary about a year ago. He was standing in for Senator Parris H. Chang, President of the Taiwan Institute for Political, Economic and Strategic Studies (TIPESS), Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, who was still being expected. And the working language of UNPO and the Steering Committee Meeting was English. 2.2 The main item on the agenda was the presentation of Candidate Members among whom were: Maasai, the Maa-speaking people of Kenya; Somaliland; the Southern Cameroons; Buffalo River Dene Nation, with 1.000.000 square miles of territory in North Canada; Oromo Nation, the Oromia-speaking people of Ethiopia, the largest ethnic group in Africa with a population of 30.000.000; Kykil (Manipuri Kanglei) in North-East India and Khasi (Hymientrepeg ) also in North-East India were not present; Nahua Del Alto Balsas (Indigenous American-Mexican Indians). 2. 3 The Southern Cameroons Case 2.3.1 The representatives of the 6 candidate members present were called up in turn to address the Steering Committee for 10 minutes on the merits of their particular problems including the reasons for seeking membership of the UNPO. The Southern Cameroons representative was the third to be called to the podium and my humble self summarised the 4-page prepared statement on the Southern Cameroons in the time allotted. After the presentation the Chair of the Session, former UNPO General Secretary, Mr. Erkin Alptekin, apologized for keeping the Southern Cameroons membership pending for so long. Your humble servant accepted the apology and thanked him for his graciousness and magnanimity. The case of the Southern Cameroons as presented on SCARM letter head is attached. 2.3.2 The session ended at 7 pm with a reception at the Hotel given by the Secretariat. During the reception your humble servant tried his hand at serving snacks. When I got to one of the Steering Committee Members, Mr. Tzelios of the Greek Minority in Albania, he jokingly remarked that he hoped I was not canvassing for their votes: that it would not work. I did not like the joke at all, and it worried me all night. The other members of the Steering Committee were Mr. G. Hansson of Sweden, Ms. Frida Souhuwat of South Moluccas, Mr. John Nimrod of Assyria who is also Chair of the General Assembly, Mr. Idigov of Chechnya, Ms. T. Jampa of Tibet who was Assistant General Secretary when Chairman Ndoki Mukete and my humble self presented SCNC’s legitimacy to talk on behalf of the annexed , brutalized and exploited Peoples of the Southern Cameroons, with 22 documents on 20 November 1998, and Mr. Ngawang Drakmakeyapod of the Krimean Tartars. 2.3.3 Saturday, 18 December 2004 Session opened at 09.30 am with the General Secretary’s Report, and the Report on the finances. The session was chaired by Senator Parris H. Chang who had just arrived from Taiwan; this was followed by a general debate on the General Secretary’s Report. It was then that the Chair explained the financial crisis that had rocked the organization in 1999 because of reckless expending by Ms. Helen Corbett, the General Secretary who was forced to resign in October 1999: Mr. Alptekin was elected by the General Assembly of February 2000 to assume the duties of UNPO General Secretary. It was Senator Chang’s Taiwan Foundation for Democracy that provided the much needed funds to tide the UNPO over that period of financial crisis. 2.3.4 It is curious that every time the Southern Cameroons is about to take a definitive step towards her destiny something happens to derail the process. In October 1961 when the Southern Cameroons was about to go into an unholy union with La Republique du Cameroun, the UN Secretary General who should have overseeed the transition died in a plane crash in the Belgian Congo the month before. Mr. U-Thant was appointed Acting UN Secretary-General only in November 1961, and confirmed in November 1962. During this period of confusion and uncertainty on the future of the Southern Cameroons things were turned upside down and the Southern Cameroons emerged from the chaos to find that she was no longer a partner in the union but had assumed the status of a subjugated people. 2.3.5 The Reports on Communication, Media and Information, the Report on Membership Rules and Procedures, the Reform of the UNPO, the Adoption of the Financial Reports for 2003 and 2004 were assigned to a Task Force created at the Session. The introduction of a Translation Service was also assigned to the Task Force for consideration at the General Assembly. It is also at the General Assembly that the programme of action for the next financial year would be unveiled: this will include inter alia, training programmes in the Annual Diplomacy Training Program in Peace-Building, Peoples Diplomacy and Human Rights, as well as in Conflict Prevention, Management, and Resolution. 2.3.6 There was an address to the Steering Committee by the Trans-National Radical Party, a non-violent political organization in Italy, represented by Mr. Marco Perduca: the Trans-National Radical Party is an NGO with Category 1 (General) Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN. He was the UN representative to the Steering Committee Meeting. I cornered him during the break and he promised to get the Southern Cameroons into the UN Human Rights Committee whose sitting has been scheduled for March 2005. He also advised us to get in touch with the 24-member Decolonisation Committee. 2.3.7 The other address was by the Estonian Minister of Health, Professor Linnart Mall, PhD, Head of Oriental Studies of the University of Tartu, Estonia. Estonia houses the Institute for the Rights of Peoples (IRP). Estonia was willing to host the General Assembly meeting of the UNPO in May or November 2005. It should be recalled that Estonia was once a member of UNPO: she got her independence in 1991, and is now a Supporting UNPO Member. 2.3.8 Before the lunch break, Senator Chang asked to step down as Steering Committee chair because of pressures of work back home in Taiwan. In a tearful and emotional appeal, Mr. Erkin Alptekin prayed the Senator to stay on because he was the very embodiment of the organization. All the members of the Steering Committee made similar appeals: the Senator very reluctantly agreed to stay on only until the General Assembly. 2.3.9 Senator Chang also appealed to members to support the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy in its fight to oppose the European parliament I their planned lifting of the ban on arms supplies to China. Programmes would be elaborated towards this goal. 2.4 Lunch break heralded the arrival of “the Southern Cameroons Delegation” comprising Chief Ette Otun Ayamba and his so-called “political scientist”, Nfor Ngala Nfor, clad in attractive traditional robes. I received them into the Conference Hall and introduced them first to the Acting General Secretary. When the afternoon session resumed, I asked to take the podium to introduce “my colleagues” to members of the Steering Committee. When I was given the floor to introduce them, I introduced only Chief Ayamba as Chair of the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) and leader of the delegation from the Southern Cameroons. When Chief Ayamba took the floor, he introduced Nfor Ngala Nfor as Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, a political scientist; Chief Ayamba knows very well that Nfor Ngala Nfor is not a doctor of philosophy; so the title of Dr. he has been misrepresenting Nfor Ngala Nfor with is a deception; but Nfor Ngala Nfor seems to relish such falsehood. We sat together and worked like a team throughout the duration of the Meeting. The Chief then invited Nfor Ngala Nfor to make their own presentation to the Committee without bothering to ask me if I had already made a presentation. Happily the only contradiction I their presentation was on Southern Cameroons population: while my presentation mentioned a population of about six million peoples, theirs talked of a population of five million –nothing to split hairs about. 2.5 At the close of the afternoon session we posed for photographs: there was no doubt that the Southern Cameroons Delegation had become the center of attraction. And then the Steering Committee went into Closed Session for the rest of the evening to consider candidate members applications for membership and other matters. The UNPO General Assembly was slated for mid-April 2005, the dates would be confirmed by the Secretariat. At the General Assembly, the new members would formally sign the UNPO Covenant. 3. Reception by SCNC Holland Chapter: 3.1 The SCNC Holland chapter Exco arrived and took the Southern Cameroons Delegation to Rotterdam where they had organized a reception evidently for Chief Ayamba and Nfor Ngala Nfor. I say this in all seriousness because I addressed two correspondences to the Chairperson, SCNC Holland Chapter on 27 November 2004 using their official e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and repeated the same a week later, but there never was a reply. During the reception, I asked for the complimentary card of the chapter secretary, Mr. Daniel N. Enonchong, and confirmed that the e-mail address I used to send the messages to them was indeed correct. I told him that I had addressed two messages to them using that address, but he claimed that they did not receive them. Lies!!! 3.2 We had three working sessions with the Holland chapter: the first was the reception in Rotterdam on Saturday night when we also took the opportunity to visit our compatriot who was celebrating the birthday of their daughter before we retired. The last day at the close of the Steering Committee Meeting and the announcement of Southern Cameroons admission into the UNPO along with five other candidate members, Maasai, Somaliland, Buffalo River Dene Nation, Oromo Nation, and Nahua Del Alto Balsas,. SCNC Holland chapter took us to our second working session with them at Delft in Mr. Edwin Yenika’s flat where we met Dutch families and friends of some of our asylum seekers there. After the meal and after seeing off our Dutch friends, the session settled down to the business of the day – the problem between Mr. Joseph Che Awambeng and SCNC Holland Executive who insisted that only an unqualified apology from Awambeng would bring him back to the fold. Mr. Joe Che Awambeng was there, very active with the arrangements too, but equally determined not to apologise. But Chief Ayamba used his experience as a traditional ruler to sue for peace without preconditions. 3.3 There is a very thick population of Southern Cameroons asylum seekers in The Netherlands and most of them our living under extremely hash hide-and-seek conditions. During the working sessions, I tried to advise them to contact the UN High Commission for Refugees; declare themselves as stateless persons from the UN Territory of the Southern Cameroons, and ask for the same protection that Fon Gorji Dinka enjoys. 3.4 Note should be made that Prince Lawrence Ayamba from Belgium was present at both of these working sessions and played an active part. On both occasions he seized the opportunity to apologise in the presence of all those present for the wrongs he had done to me and to Nfor Ngala Nfor because of youthful exuberance. He might have thought that because I was in the delegation with Nfor Ngala Nfor, of all people, I had reconciled with him. No way!!! But I did not show it. I was determined that nothing, absolutely nothing, should stand in the way nor mar Southern Cameroons admission to membership of the UNPO. Nfor Ngala Nfor had crooked his way as usual into the UNPO delegation and, despite my abhorrence of him and his presence, I was determined to make The Mission to The Hague a resounding Success. Chief Ayamba refunded the annual membership fees that I had earlier wired to UNPO account at The Hague.. 3.5 Mr. Edwin Yenika, the SCNC Holland chapter vice-chair, most graciously offered to take me to Amsterdam airport in the morning to enable me catch the unbooked 8 am KLM flight to my connecting flight to Douala in Paris. He came for me at 4 am. Talk of responsibility and duty consciousness: this was its manifestation at its very best. We got to the airport at 5 am but he refused to leave until I had checked in at 6.15 am. At 6.15 am I was told that the KLM flight to Paris was cancelled; that the next flight scheduled for 9 am could not get me to Paris to catch the Air France flight to Douala at 10 am. I confirmed my booking for the next morning and Edwin drove me straight to his flat at Delft for a nap while he went off to work. He detailed Mr. Athanasius Nji Tem to come for me so that we could go to The Hague to take part in the working session the UNPO Secretariat had scheduled with the Secretariat staff and the Southern Cameroons delegation at which members of the Holland chapter were also present. After the session the SCNC Holland tried to arrange an impromptu meeting between us and the official in charge of the Africa Desk of The Netherlands Foreign Ministry, but failed. 3.6 From the UNPO Secretariat we moved down to Rotterdam again for our third and final working session with the Holland chapter at the chair’s flat. Chief Ayamba had some disagreement with Nfor Ngala Nfor who was reacting to a posting in the net by Prince Ayamba to the effect that the delegation to The Hague was an SCNC/SCARM delegation. Nfor Ngala Nfor tried to insist that it was an SCNC delegation. Chief Ayamba got offended and got off to sleep early. I refused to be drawn into sterile polemics. We finally rounded up at 9.30 pm. Mr Athanasius Nji Tem, of the Youth League, took me back to Edwin’s flat in Delft by train. I spent the night there and Edwin again drove me to Amsterdam Air port on Tuesday morning where I boarded the connecting flight to Paris, and the Air France fight from Charles de Gaulle air port in Paris to Douala landing in Douala at 5 pm on Tuesday 21 December 2004, and to my family. 3.7 Receptions were planned for the SCNC delegation to UNPO in Belgium and in Germany. I could not be part of those receptions because, after having achieved membership of the UNPO, my act to accommodate Nfor Ngala Nfor in the delegation was over, and I could not be seen at receptions in Belgium and in Germany I his company any longer. I read from the net that both receptions were cancelled because Chief Ette Otun Ayamba could not attend without Nfor Ngala Nfor. And the organizers of the receptions would not receive Nfor Ngala Nfor. I discovered that Chief Ayamba could not do without Nfor Ngala Nfor, his much tooted political scientist. 4. MISSION STATEMENT: 4.1 The Coalition of Liberation Movements in the Southern Cameroons – sponsored delegation to The Hague to obtain membership of the Southern Cameroons in the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) succeeded in its mission that was threatened to be hijacked by well known opportunists and racketeers. Whatever their hidden agenda, they were wasting their time. The Southern Cameroons is now a full member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) with headquarters at The Hague. 4.2 The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) was born on September 5, 1990, out of the awareness of the feelings of frustration at the exclusion of nations, peoples and minorities which do not constitute independent states, from access to international fora and organisations, and from playing an active and meaningful role in the globalisation process. The founding members of UNPO envisioned an organisation which would strive for a more equitable society – one in which nations, peoples and minorities, without recognised states or governments of their own, could have a voice and a say in their own destiny. 4.3 Many peoples, especially the relatively small ones, have a long history, much of which is marked by oppression, discrimination and sometimes deportations at the hands of outside powers. Their primary concern is to protect their people from annihilation, annexation or assimilation, or oppression and subjugation. Many times the states of which they form a part do not respond to their concerns. Their only recourse is through the international community and access to these organisations is essential in promoting the values of democracy, tolerance, non-violence and self-determination for the world’s voiceless peoples to bring about effective and meaningful change in their circumstances. 4.4 The English-speaking peoples of the Former United Nations Trust Territory of the Southern Cameroons under United Kingdom Administration find themselves in this category of voiceless nations at the dawn of the third millennium by a conspiracy of circumstances which form the basis of our application for membership of the UNPO. The peoples of the UN Territory of the Southern Cameroons have a very strong and incontrovertible case for total independence; the facts are also very very compelling. 4.5 The Delegation to the UNPO was led by the legitimate home front SCNC leader to formally present the case of the Southern Cameroons for membership of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) at The Hague. The UNPO provides a legitimate international forum for unrepresented nations and peoples to actively participate in the major decision-making centres in Washington, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and The Hague, as well as in the inter-governmental system through its Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
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