CAR Peace Negotiations to Launch in Khartoum Mid-November

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Sudan announced on Tuesday the launch of peace talks in the capital, Khartoum, between the parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) mid-November.

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Dardari Mohamed Ahmed said President Faustin Archange Touadera  has expressed deep appreciation for the Khartoum offers to host  the negotiations.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chadian President Idriss Deby agreed to participate in the opening session of the negotiations between the parties to the conflict in CAR.
“the Sudanese government will invite the Heads of State of the Central African region to attend the opening session of the negotiations,” the statement said.

During a meeting with the Chadian President in N’Djamena, Dardiri explained Sudan’s contribution in achieving peace in South Sudan and the success of President Bashir’s initiative to reconcile the parties to the conflict there.

The situation in Darfur

The Chadian President said that the stability of the situation in the Darfur region reflected positively on the situation in the common border between the two countries and the movement of citizens.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs presented an explanation of Sudan’s efforts to achieve peace in the CAR within the framework of the African Union initiative.

He conveyed President Deby the approval of the CAR President for the start of negotiations in Khartoum, and give him an invitation from President Omar al-Bashir to attend the opening session.

The meeting touched upon the internal developments in the country and Sudan’s contribution to regional stability and peace efforts.

Dardiri said that Darfur is witnessing full stability, as evidenced by the withdrawal of UNAMID forces, and the transition from the ending the conflict to the promotion of peace and reconstruction.

Efforts to achieve peace

Recently, Khartoum announced its intention to continue efforts to achieve peace in CAR after hosting a round of negotiations between the armed groups in that country.

At the end of August, Khartoum hosted a session of negotiations between the Seleka’s armed opposition – AntiBalaka Militia Groups  in CAR on a Russian initiative and the sponsorship of al- Bashir.

The negotiations ended with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establishing a joint body for peace on behalf of the “Central African Rally” aimed at renouncing violence and extremism, cessation of hostilities and allowing free movement of citizens and trade with neighboring countries.

Since 2013, the Central African Republic has been plagued by religious and ethnic conflict, following the seizure of power by the Seleka’s armed opposition, most of them Muslim, leading to reprisals by the AntiBalaka Militia Groups.

President al-Bashir also sent envoys to Kenya and Uganda to drum up support for his CAR initiative the same way he did with the South Sudan initiative.

Al-Bashir has recently mediated between warring South Sudanese factions and President Salva Kiir Mayardit, to end five years of bitter fighting that broke out after southern Sudan broke away and became an independent republic in 2011.