CAR, 14 rebel groups strike peace deal



A peace deal between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and 14 rebel groups has been struck after talks in Sudan, officials say.

The deal was announced by the UN mission in CAR, known as Minusca, and the African Union (AU), which both sponsored the talks in Khartoum.

“This is a great day for Central African Republic and all its people,” said AU commissioner Smail Chergui.

The government said the peace deal would be signed in Bangui soon.

Victoria University

Details of the agreement have not been released and analysts caution that previous peace deals have all collapsed. CAR, which has been unstable since gaining independence from France in 1960, was plunged into turmoil in 2013 when Muslim rebels from the Seleka umbrella group seized power in the majority-Christian country.

A band of mostly Christian militias, called the anti-Balaka, rose up to counter the Seleka.

Thousands have been killed in the violence and more than one million internally displaced. An estimated 570,000 people have fled abroad.

“We have finalised a peace agreement in Khartoum, enabling the people of Central African Republic to embark on a path of reconciliation, agreement and development,” Mr Chergui tweeted on Saturday.

The government of President Faustin-Archange Touadera also confirmed the agreement on Twitter.

“This agreement should be initialled tomorrow (Sunday) and its signing will take place in Bangui in a few days,” the tweet added.

A spokesman for the FPRC armed faction said consensus had been reached on sticking points which included an amnesty for militia fighters and an inclusive government.

“We were able to agree on what is essential for the Central African Republic – peace. We hope this agreement will bring back social cohesion to the country,” Abakar Sabom said.

France attacks vehicles in Chad

France says its air force – working with the army in Chad – has carried out airstrikes against an armed group which had crossed the border from Libya.

A statement by the French military said a fighter jet took off from the capital, N’Djamena, and targeted a column of 40 vehicles with two airstrikes.

Last year, a fledgling rebel movement seeking to topple the Chadian president, Idriss Deby, carried out attacks in the north of the country.

The Command Council for the Salvation of the Republic first attacked last August.

Chad has also been under threat from Islamist militant factions.

France is supporting a regional force, known as G5, fighting the jihadists across the Sahel region.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here