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Central African Republic: the UN chief welcomes the announcement of a ceasefire by the president

2021-10-16T16:39:42.430Z

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Saturday welcomed the declaration of a "unilateral ceasefire" in the Central African Republic by the president ...



UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday welcomed the declaration of a "

unilateral ceasefire

" in the Central African Republic by President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in the war against the rebels.

According to Antonio Guterres, this is a "

crucial step

" towards peace, his spokesperson said in a statement.

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The United Nations Secretary General called on all other parties "

immediately to respect this ceasefire and to renew their efforts to advance the implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation signed in 2019

".

The UN chief also urged stakeholders to “

engage constructively, through inclusive political dialogue, so that tangible progress is made in the peace and reconciliation process in the Central African Republic

”.

More than two thirds of the country

The Central African Republic has been the scene of a civil war since 2013, which has declined considerably in intensity over the past three years.

President Touadéra on Friday decreed a "

unilateral cease-fire

" of his army and his allies in their war against the rebels to promote the imminent opening of a national dialogue.

He assured that his enemies had done the same with the exception of two large armed groups.

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In December 2020, part of the armed groups which then occupied more than two-thirds of the country, grouped within the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), launched an offensive to prevent the re-election of Faustin-Archange Touadéra.

He appealed to Moscow and Kigali, who dispatched hundreds of Russian paramilitaries and Rwandan soldiers to the rescue of a poor Central African army.

Thanks mainly to the support of the Russians and Rwandans, it has since reconquered all the big cities and pushed the rebels back into the forests.

But the latter have been stepping up stealth attacks in recent weeks, far from the capital Bangui.

Source: lefigaro

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