Central African Republic: behind the scenes of the ceasefire

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The UN Secretary-General, through his spokesman this Saturday, October 16, welcomed the decision of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra to order an “immediate unilateral ceasefire” and “an end to military operations and all armed operations throughout the national territory.” Antonio Guterres “welcomes this decisive step “that marks the culmination of a long diplomatic process.

as reported from Bangui, Carol Valade

The decision would come the day after the Luanda summit just a month ago, and President Touadéra promised it after receiving assurances that four armed groups, the 3Rs, the MPC and two anti-Balkan groups, would respect the ceasefire. finally decided on Friday, October 15thBut the message would have been postponed due to security context.

Things accelerated this week after a long diplomatic ballet. In Luanda, the head of Minusca Mankeur Ndiaye tried to persuade João Lourençode to put all his weight on the head of the Central African state. Message undoubtedly conveyed by the ICGLR’s Executive Secretary during his visit to Bangui, where the UN also sent its Special Representative for Central Africa, Louceny Fall, with the support of the ambassadors accredited in CAR.

“War that would never end” “Better late than never”, observers agree, relieved not to see the possibility of a “war that will never end”.

With this action, President Touadéra gets points and thus secures the support of his comrades in the sub-region. And perhaps a more favorable appearance from the great powers during the presentation of the Secretary – General’s report on the Central African Republic on Monday 18 October to the Security Council.

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