Cameroon – Diplomacy: Stabilisation expert, Christian Dennys-McClure, is new British High Commissioner to Cameroon

Par Atia T. AZOHNWI | Cameroon-Info.Net
YAOUNDE - 04-Mar-2021 - 18h29   2271                      
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Dr. Christian Dennys-McClure has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said Thursday.

The press release adds that Dennys-McClure will also serve as Her Majesty’s non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

"@UKinCameroon is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christian Dennys McClure as British High Commissioner to Cameroon and non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Join us to welcome @ChrisDennysUK," the British High Commission in Yaoundé said in a tweet.

The new British High Commissioner succeeds Rowan Laxton with effect from April 2021.

Until his appointment Thursday, March 4, 2021, Christian Dennys-McClure was serving in the Cabinet Secretariat as Head of the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) Joint Funds Unit, a post he has held since 2017. From 2016 to 2017, he served in the National Security Secretariat as Deputy Head of CSSF.

From 2015 to 2016, he was CSSF Conflict Advisor in charge of Security and Justice.

Christian Dennys was a Conflict and Stabilisation Advisor at the UK's Stabilisation Unit from 2013 to 2015.

He has a PhD in stability and stabilisation from Cranfield University/UK Defence Academy. He is the author of the book, Military Intervention, Stabilisation and Peace: The search for stability (Cass Military Studies).

The new British High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon and Her Majesty’s non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is married and has two children.

The expert in conflict and stabilisation is expected to help Cameroon in its search for peace in the minority English-speaking regions enveloped by conflict since 2016.

Cameroon’s state forces have been battling to dislodge armed separatists who pitched their tents in the North West and South West Regions since Anglophone protests transformed into an armed conflict in 2017.

Corporate demands by Common Law Lawyers and Anglophone Teachers led to protests in November 2016. The street demonstrations later morphed into ongoing running gun battles between state forces and armed separatist fighters in the predominantly English-speaking regions, leading to untold destruction of human lives, their habitats, and livelihoods.

Tit-for-tat killings, kidnappings, arsons, maiming and outright terror have become part of daily lives in some parts of the English-speaking regions.

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