Cameroon President Paul Biya announced on 10 September that he intends to hold a major "national dialogue" this month, to put an end to the violence between security forces and armed separatists from the anglophone minority in the west, in which thousands were killed.

The European Union welcomed the move, stating:

"The announcement by President Biya to convene a national dialogue constitutes a positive development in the search for a solution to the crisis in the North-West and South-West ...

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