Q: President François Hollande promised, on July 3, 2015, in Yaoundé, to open the classified archives on Cameroon for the period 1950-1971. Were the archives for this entire period catalogued or declassified?Are they now accessible to researchers?
A: The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has made the archives in its possession for the period when Cameroon achieved independence accessible. This required a lot of work both in terms of document classification and declassification. The collection has now been classified and catalogued, and can be consulted in the archive room. Since the announcement that these archives had been made accessible, researchers, notably Cameroonian researchers, have visited the facility in La Courneuve to consult them.