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115Foreign PolicyOPENING AND INFLUENCEFounding member of the OAU (Organization of African Unity, which later became African Union), Cameroon’s diplomacy was long groun- ded on one of the basic principles of the pan- African organization: non-interference in the inter- nal affairs other states. This specific concern to consider as sacred the sovereignty of other coun- tries was sometimes wrongly perceived as an amazing "indifference" by reason of the leading position of Cameroon in the sub-region of Central Africa plagued by incessant turmoil.Realizing the distortion and willing to concoct an image of his country reflecting its real potential, President Paul Biya embarked on a vigorous action of redirecting and stimulation of Cameroon’s foreign policy. The choice led to a remarkable rise in power of Cameroon diplomacy that unfolds generously on all fronts; starting with multilateral organizations and institutions with whom the country has ties: UN, African Union, Francophonie, Commonwealth, OIC, CEMAC, World Bank, etc... Here and there, Cameroon strives to make its voice heard, to pro- pose topics for discussion to help to build a safer and more cohesive international community.The will is evidenced by the involvement of Cameroon in conflict management, includingthrough peacekeeping forces. Examples are inter- ventions in Cambodia, Darfur, Central Africa, etc...under the leadership of the United Nations unanimously recognized in their role as key player in global politics. In this forum and elsewhere, Cameroon, with a constant determination, acted in line with restoring peace and everlastingly wor- ked towards dialogue, negotiation, respect for the sovereignty and integrity of states; these values being considered in Yaoundé as cardinal for democracy and respect for international law.The constant efforts of Cameroon to promote these values and share her views concerning the affairs of the World earned her a deserved recognition from partners. Cameroonians as Emmanuel Ze Meka head the International Tropical Timber Organization ITTO, a UN specialized agency, and Issa Hayatou, the African Football Confederation. Beyond the individual fate of those distinguished personalities, their positions reflect undoubtedly the relevance and effectiveness of an approach and, above all, confidence manifested by partners towards Cameroon.CAMEROON AND THE UNITED NATIONSBy effective attendance policy and efficient participation, Cameroon who joined the worldLES ATOUTS ECONOMIQUES DU CAMEROUN

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