PARIS – France has declassified a first part of the diplomatic archives, bearing the mention "Very secret" and relating to the repression of the Cameroonian nationalists for the period 1957-1969, we learned Thursday of the Quai d'Orsay.
"As she committed herself in 2015, France helps to shed light on the tragic episodes of the repression of the independence of the 1950s and 1960s in Cameroon," said the Quai d'Orsay in a information note.
He indicated that a first series of several diplomatic archives (about a hundred) relating to these events for the period 1957-1969 was "classified, inventoried and made available" in the Reading Room of the Center des Diplomatic Archives of La Courneuve. All documents of these funds issued by the Quai d'Orsay and bearing a "very secret" mention, a hundred, have been declassified.
The French Ministry specified that the work of inventory, classification and declassification of documents relating to Cameroon for the period up to 1971 "is continuing and should be completed in 2019."
In June 2015, it is recalled, the French president at the time François Hollande had promised, during a joint press conference with the Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, to declassify the Cameroonian archives of the 1950 period -1960.