CAR Inks Peace Deal with Armed Groups in Khartoum

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Central African Republic’s government on Tuesday initialed a peace deal with 14 armed groups following unprecedented talks to end years of conflict.

Representatives of the rebels shook hands with President Faustin Archange Touadera and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir after they initialed the deal.

 

The signing ceremony has attended by the president of the republic Omar al-Bashir, CAR’ President Faustin Archange Touadera, the African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki,the representative of the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chad foreign minister Sharif Mohammad Zain, The African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ismail Chergui, in addition to representatives of heads of States, a number of foreign ministers of neighboring countries and heads of diplomatic missions in Khartoum.

“I’m very happy to see this day,” African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said. The AU facilitated the talks, supported by the United Nations. “Concessions should be made, and we should all accept each other, and this page should be closed, the page of violence and destruction.”

Sudanese foreign minister, Derderi Mohammed Ahmed thanked in a speech marking the signing ceremony the parties to the conflict in Central Africa, political forces, civil society and the people for their confidence in Sudan to sponsor the negotiations.

He also thanked CAR’ President for his confidence in President al-Bashir, praising the United Nations , the African Union, the Presidents of Chad, Congo, Gabon, Angola, Cameroon, France, Britain, Russia and the United States of America for their support of this initiative.

He also praised the efforts of the African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ismail Chergui and the Sudanese mediator to the negotiations, Ambassador Atta Mannan Bakhit.

Al-Derderi has also praised the efforts made by the President of the Republic, Omar al-Bashir in order to make these negotiations successful and reach a peace agreement in neighboring Central African Republic.