Central African Republic Peace Deal Awaits Three Signatories

2/7/2019

A peace accord, reached at the weekend by the government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups, was signed in the capital Bangui on Wednesday by militia leaders and President Faustin-Archange Touadera. However, several parties to the peace accord have yet to sign the much-trumpeted deal, and its contents have not been disclosed.

“You cannot publish a document until everyone has signed,” government spokesperson and Communications Minister Ange Maxime Kazagui said. He confirmed that three signatures are still needed but would not identify the individuals or their affiliation. Those signatures could be made during the upcoming African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on February 10-11. If so, it is expected that the accord, named the Khartoum Agreement after the Sudanese capital where it was brokered, will be published afterwards.

The deal is the eighth attempt in nearly six years to forge peace in the war-ravaged country. The conflict has left thousands dead and forced a quarter of the population of 4.5-million from their homes. The UN warned in 2018 that the rural exodus could drive the country into famine. One of the biggest obstacles to peace has been demands by rebel leaders to receive amnesty, a condition that Touadera, under pressure from western partners, has traditionally refused.

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