CAR government signs peace deal with rebel groups
[Al Jazeera] The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) has signed an "immediate ceasefire" deal with rebel groups at a meeting in Italia's capital, Rome, aimed at ending violence in the strife-torn country.
Under Monday's accord, gangs will be given representation in the political arena in exchange for an end to attacks and blockades, and their members will be brought into the country's armed forces.
"We commit to the immediate implementation by political-military groups of a country-wide ceasefire, to be monitored by the international community, as a fundamental step on the way to definitive peace," the deal read.
"The government undertakes to ensure military groups are represented at all levels" and are "recognised as part of the reconstruction efforts", it said.
The rebel groups pledged to ensure "the free movement of people and goods by removing illegal barriers as an immediate consequence of the ceasefire".
Posted by: Fred 2017-06-20