Cameroon: Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 12 July 2023.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is taking steps to monitor whether armed forces personnel trained by the UK in Cameroon have been transferred to the (a) north west and (b) south west regions of that country.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

The UK is committed to supporting the Government of Cameroon in its efforts to counter the terrorist threat posed by Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa, which threatens both the region and wider international security. UK training to the Cameroonian military is specifically provided to units that will only be deployed to the far north of Cameroon. Records are kept on all trainees to monitor for any potential diversion of UK-trained units. We keep our security cooperation under constant review.

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