new community-led consultations

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Various Central African personalities will meet on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 in Rome for two-day consultations organized by the Sant’Egidio community, which has been intervening for several years as a mediator in the Central African crisis. These new exchanges focus on the Republican dialogue promised by President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, which is currently being prepared.

as reported from Bangui, Carol Valade

After the introductory speech, on Monday, by the President of the Sant Egidio community Andrea Riccardi and a first round table, it is today that the work really begins. Around the table, the former prime ministers who have become opponents, Nicolas Tiangaye, Mahamat Kamoun, Martin Ziguele, express the desire to “break the deadlock” through an “inclusive” dialogue.

Should we understand a dialogue that leaves room for all actors, including armed groups? In any case, this is the KNK’s, former president Bozizé’s former party, who has since taken over the head of the rebel’s CPC coalition. The party is represented by its new president Christian Guenebem.

The subject is still a red line for the Central African authorities, especially represented by the First Vice-President of the National Assembly, Évariste Ngamana, and the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister Ernest Mada. “Those who took up arms to destabilize the country should not be present in the dialogue; there is no debate about it,” continued Prime Minister Albert Yaloke Mokpeme, spokesman for the presidency.

Some civil society figures, such as Pamela Derom, chair of the Youth Council, may try to erase the differences. In any case, everyone recognizes the relevance of mediation in a neutral framework.

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