- Sep 18, 2020
An official of the Central African Republic bishops’ conference has raised doubts about a new government-rebel peace deal and urged the international community to give greater backing to the country’s legitimate armed forces.
Central African Republic’s government on Tuesday initialed a peace deal with 14 armed groups following unprecedented talks aimed at ending more than five years of conflict.
Peace talks between the government of the Central African Republic and 14 rebel groups, brokered by the African Union, have raised hopes that peace could return to the troubled nation, bringing a better life for the country’s over 7 million people.
As armed groups continue to control vast swathes of territory in the Central African Republic, the country’s bishops have called on the United Nations to lift the arms embargo imposed on the country in 2013.
As the crisis in the Central African Republic continues to get worse, the country’s bishops have accused United Nations peacekeepers of failing in their duty to protect civilians.
Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui has called on the international community to investigate the recent killings in the Central African Republic town of Alindao, about 185 miles from the capital, Bangui.