Central African Republic peace talks to resume in Khartoum next week

Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that the peace talks regarding the Central African Republic (CAR) will resume in Khartoum on Jan. 24.

Sundanese Foreign Minister, Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, has talked with envoys of the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, Norway and France on the arrangements to resume the peace talks between the government and the opposition in the Central African Republic, the ministry said in a statement.

“The international community fully supports the CAR peace talks in Khartoum as was voiced in the high-level meeting, held in the CAR capital of Bangui on Jan. 8 and 9, with the participation of the United Nations and African Union,” the statement said.

Ahmed reiterated that the CAR peace process has been and will remain under the initiative and supervision of the African Union.

The African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui will supervise the peace talks in Khartoum with the participation of all concerned parties, he added.

In August 2018, Khartoum hosted a session of talks between the Seleka armed opposition and the Anti-Balaka militia group under a Russian initiative and the patronage of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

The talks concluded with the signing of a memorandum of understanding, which requires the establishment of a joint body for peace aiming at renouncing violence and extremism, cessation of hostilities, and allowing free movement of citizens and trade with neighbouring countries.

Since 2013, the CAR has been suffering from a religious and ethnic conflict after the Muslim-majority Seleka armed opposition seized power, which led to reprisal operations by the Anti-Balaka militia group said to be composed primarily of Christians.

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SOURCE: Xinhua

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