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Coalition of Southern Cameroons Liberation Movements P.O. Box 2154 Bamenda Tel-Fax : (237) 776 11 36, 786 12 00, 7934002, 7755529, 9802707, Email : cosclm@gmail.com, cosclm@yahoo.com Communication 003: Southern National Southern Csclm Ad Buea Cameroons Information Agency, SCIA. Information Agency of the former British Cameroons Hoc Committee October 24, 2005 STATEMENT BY THE COALITION OF LIBERATION MOVEMENTS IN THE SOUTHERN CAMEROONS ON THE OCCASION OF THE CELEBRATION OF UNITED NATIONS DAY, MO
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  Coalition of Southern Cameroons Liberation Movements P.O. Box 2154 BamendaTel-Fax : (237) 776 11 36, 786 12 00, 7934002, 7755529, 9802707,Email :cosclm@gmail.com, cosclm@yahoo.com   AD HOC COMMITTEE Page 1 WEBLINKS:www.fdrsoutherncameroons.info www.ambazonia.org,www.fdrscsoutherncameroons.org   Communication 003: Southern Cameroons Information Agency, SCIA.National Information Agency of the former BritishSouthern CameroonsCsclm Ad Hoc CommitteeBuea October 24, 2005 STATEMENT BY THE COALITION OF LIBERATION MOVEMENTSIN THE SOUTHERN CAMEROONS ON THE OCCASION OF THECELEBRATION OF UNITED NATIONS DAY, MONDAY 24 TH  OCTOBER 2005. Peoples of the Southern Cameroons-on-Ambas!  WHY WE ARE CELEBRATING UNITED NATIONS DAY.  A number of truths about which we have been speculating over the past 20 yearshave since March 2003 been brought into very sharp focus. We speculated on thenon-implementation of UN Resolution 1608 (XV), paragraph 5, of the 994thPlenary Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) of 21 April 1961on the Future of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Southern CameroonsUnder United Kingdom Administration. The Resolution reads:“Invites the Administering Authority, the Government of theSouthern Cameroons and La Republique du Cameroun toimmediately engage in talks in view of taking, before 1 October1961, necessary measures for the implementation of policies agreedon and declared by the parties concerned”.The SCNC Delegation to the United Nations Headquarters in New York in June1995, in its Petition, made the argument that because of the non-implementationof that UN Resolution, the Southern Cameroons became independent as of IstOctober 1961. Our argument had no bearing in international law.  Coalition of Southern Cameroons Liberation Movements P.O. Box 2154 BamendaTel-Fax : (237) 776 11 36, 786 12 00, 7934002, 7755529, 9802707,Email :cosclm@gmail.com, cosclm@yahoo.com   AD HOC COMMITTEE Page 2 WEBLINKS:www.fdrsoutherncameroons.info www.ambazonia.org,www.fdrscsoutherncameroons.org    A. The Fresh Thrust. 1. After nearly 18 years of groping in the dark, as it were, one of us, ProfessorMartin CHIA ATEH, the Scientific Ambassador to Germany and Africa in 1987 of the International Institute of Philosophy (IIP), a scholar with an inside knowledgeof the workings of the United Nations system, revisited the Southern CameroonsDossier and came out with the following findings:1.1. That UN Resolution 1608 (XV), paragraph 5, of 21 April 1961, required thata “TREATY OF UNION” between the Governments of the Southern Cameroonsand La Republique du Cameroun, with the United Kingdom as Administering Authority of the Southern Cameroons Trust Territory, be worked out before 1stOctober 1961. The TREATY was to protect the interests of both the SouthernCameroons and La Republique du Cameroun.1.2. The worked-out TREATY would have been ratified by Southern CameroonsTerritorial Assembly and the Parliament of La Republique du Cameroun.1.3 The Treaty would have been registered and a copy deposited at theSecretariat of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Organisation inapplication of Article 102 (1) of the Charter of the United Nations which states:“Every Treaty and every international agreement entered into by any member of the United Nations after the present Charter comesinto force shall as soon as possible be registered with the Secretariatand published by it”1.4 Fortunately for the long term interests of the Southern Cameroons, none of these was ever done. It is today manifestly clear that a combination of providentialcommissions and omissions resulted in this outcome.1.4.1 The UN Secretary-General, who should have ensured that UN Resolution1608 (XV), paragraph 5, of 21 April 1961, was implemented, His Excellency DagHammarksjold, died in a plane crash in Africa in September 1961.1.4.2 His successor, His Excellency U Thant, was appointed Acting Secretary General in November 1961. He was only appointed substantive Secretary-Generalin November 1962.1.4.3 And so, from September 1961 to October 1962, there was no substantiveSecretary-General of the United Nations Organisation who could have ensured thefull and legal implementation of UN Resolution 1608 (XV), paragraph 5, of 21 April1961, on the Future of the Southern Cameroons.  Coalition of Southern Cameroons Liberation Movements P.O. Box 2154 BamendaTel-Fax : (237) 776 11 36, 786 12 00, 7934002, 7755529, 9802707,Email :cosclm@gmail.com, cosclm@yahoo.com   AD HOC COMMITTEE Page 3 WEBLINKS:www.fdrsoutherncameroons.info www.ambazonia.org,www.fdrscsoutherncameroons.org   2. Because of these acts of commission and omission, the United Kingdom andFrance took advantage of this loophole to hand the Southern Cameroons over toLa Republique du Cameroun for subtle annexation, while the United Nationsturned a blind eye. HRH Fon Fogum Gorji Dinka, of the Ambazonia Movement,has succinctly described that conspiracy as “The Most Sophisticated Slave TradeDeal Under United Nations Cover”.3. As a consequence of these providential commissions and omissions toimplement UN Resolution 1608 (XV), paragraph 5, of 21 April 1961, the followingadministrative acts were rendered null and void, ab initio, in international law.3.1 President Ahmadou Ahidjo’s Federal Constitution of 1 October 1961 on theSouthern Cameroons Territory was a violation of paragraph 5 of UN Resolution1608 (XV) of 21 April 1961 for a “Treaty of Union” to be worked out between theSouthern Cameroons Territory and La Republique du Cameroun.3.2 The United Kingdom signed an EDICT on 27 September 1961 ending itsadministration of the Southern Cameroons Trust Territory without ensuring that a“Treaty of Union” had been worked out between the Southern Cameroons and LaRepublique du Cameroun in execution of both the above UN Resolution and theTrusteeship Agreement signed on 13 December 1946 with the United NationsOrganisation in New York.3.3 In consequence thereof, President Ahmadou Ahidjo’s extension of hisadministration to the Southern Cameroons Territory was from the onset – 1October 1961 – illegal and illegitimate in international law. It was an invasion of Southern Cameroons Territory. It was a violation of the Southern Cameroons’ rightof self-determination and independence. And so also, the present administration of President Paul Biya on Southern Cameroons Territory is still illegal andillegitimate in International law.4. The Non-Execution of UN Resolution 1608 (XV), paragraph 5, of 21 April 1961,on the Future of the UN Trust Territory of the Southern Cameroons – for a “Treaty of Union” to be worked out between the Government of the Southern Cameroonsand La Republique du Cameroun in the presence of the then Administering Authority of the Southern Cameroons, the United Kingdom – meant, strictly speaking in International Law, that the UN Trust Territory of the SouthernCameroons became and remains a United Nations Territory.5. Consequently, the UN should have been, indeed should be, administering theTerritory.  Coalition of Southern Cameroons Liberation Movements P.O. Box 2154 BamendaTel-Fax : (237) 776 11 36, 786 12 00, 7934002, 7755529, 9802707,Email :cosclm@gmail.com, cosclm@yahoo.com   AD HOC COMMITTEE Page 4 WEBLINKS:www.fdrsoutherncameroons.info www.ambazonia.org,www.fdrscsoutherncameroons.org   6. The UN Flag should have been flying on the Territory to prepare it for full Self-Determination and Independence since 1 October 1961.7. UN values (Respect for Human Rights, the Rule of Law, Democracy, GoodGovernance, Justice, Equality, Liberty and other basic Freedoms) should berespected on the Territory of the Southern Cameroons. B. Our Way Forward Today: a) The quest for Self-determination and Independence of the peoples and Territory of the Southern Cameroons is an incontrovertible, compelling and a burning issue.The UN should ensure that Self-determination and Independence of the Peoplesand Territory of the Southern Cameroons is Rectified and Regularised inaccordance with Article 76, paragraph b, of the Charter of the United Nations. b) The present on-going Nigeria/La Republique du Cameroun Mixed Commissionon their border problems provides an opportunity for the Southern Cameroonsindependence issue to be raised and regularized. Why? Because since UNResolution 1608 (XV), paragraph 5, of 21 April 1961, was not implementedaccording to international law, La Republique du Cameroun had, and has, no legalright to claim Sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula of the Southern Cameroons.This is in accordance with Article 102 (2) of the Charter of the United Nations which states:”No party to any such Treaty or International Agreement which has not beenregistered in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Article may invoke that treaty or agreement before any organ of the United Nations”.c) La Republique du Cameroun should, therefore, withdraw its illegal andillegitimate administration from the Southern Cameroons Territory immediately and progressively. It should also encourage the peoples of the Southern Cameroonsto continue to work for their sovereign self-determination and independencethrough the United Nations Organisation to ensure international peace andsecurity.d) Exiled Southern Cameroons citizens should be called back home.e) All SCNC prisoners too should be released.f) And damages be paid to the families. of those who have died as a result of humanrights abuses.
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