As the European Union plans to open it borders in July, Cameroonians have been exempted from entering the countries due to the cases of covid-19 in Cameroon.
With more than 12,000 known cases of the novel coronavirus in Cameroon, the country has been restricted from gaining access the European Union countries when the borders will reopen in July.
Out of the recorded cases in Cameroon, 10,100 persons have recovered while 313 people have died.
For this reason, out of the 54 countries whose citizens are allowed to enter the EU when the external borders will be opened, Cameroonians have been exempted from entering the EU.
Schengenvisainfo news have it that from Brazil, Qatar, US, and Russia will only be able to enter Europe in later days when the situations of these countries will improve.
“The European Union has an internal process to determine from which countries it would be safe to accept travellers,” EU Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said last Thursday, adding that its decisions are “based on health criteria.”
Joshua Osih speak out
The fist Vice Chairman of the Social Democratic Front, SDF have called on the president of the Republic to restrict citizens of the European Union into Cameroon.
This was his response to the banned of Cameroonians from entering the EU countries.
“The member countries of the Schengen area have just decided that nationals of certain countries are prohibited from entering their territory. They also mentioned that every 15 days, this list could be updated,” said Osih. “It is their absolute right to isolate themselves or to discriminate against nationals of countries which may be allowed to travel to their countries on the grounds that they believe they risk bringing a new wave of COVID19 contamination. Looking at this list, Cameroon, is one of these countries.”
“By virtue of the sacrosanct principle of reciprocity, no national of the Schengen countries should also be allowed to enter Cameroon during this prohibition period, regardless of their diplomatic or health status,” Joshua Osih added.
“We cannot be victims of a virus introduced to us from the Schengen area and pay the price of its consequences. Worse still, these countries act as if they have lessons to give when they should have humbly put themselves in synergy with our local actors to better manage the COVID19 crisis in order to save lives in the Schengen area and in Cameroon. This is unacceptable.
“As a Member of Parliament, I call on the President of the Republic to take his responsibilities and enforce or cause to be enforced the sacrosanct diplomatic principle of reciprocity vis-à-vis the countries of the Schengen area . The President of the Republic has a duty to take up his responsibilities and impose our sovereignty”, the MP concluded.