The United Nations secretary general António Guterres welcomed on 5 October the release of the leader of Cameroon’s main opposition party, Maurice Kamto, who had spent the past nine months in jail following peaceful protests disputing the outcome of the 2018 presidential election in which he was a candidate.

Kamto and hundreds of supporters were arrested in January after holding peaceful demonstrations to protest the outcome of the election in which the longtime ruler, president Paul Biya had won.

Over the past two years, separatists in the North-West and South-West regions have stepped up their campaign for independence, resulting in death and destruction.

After Biya announced that charges against Kamto would be dropped, Guterres welcomed the holding of the National Dialogue and reiterated the readiness of the UN to assist the authorities and the people of Cameroon in this regard.