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Cameroon: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the reasons that Andrew Pendleton, UNOCHA representative in Cameroon left that country; and whether he has received reports that Mr Pendleton received threats from (a) Cameroonian governor, Paul Atanga Nji and (b) other members of the Cameroonian elected officials.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We welcome the ongoing work of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in coordinating humanitarian responses in Cameroon. We also welcome the contribution of the former UN OCHA representative, Andrew Pendleton, and note the UN announcement of 25 February that he had departed Cameroon at the end of his contract. Allegations of intimidation of UN staff or humanitarian actors are deeply worrying. We call on all parties to respect humanitarian space and to ensure humanitarian access is protected. The UK urges the Government of Cameroon to engage with all international partners to bring peace to the North-West and South-West (Anglophone) regions.

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