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Central African Republic gov’t signs peace deal with armed groups

KHARTOUM, Central African Republic (CAR) government on Tuesday signed a peace deal with 14 armed during a ceremony held in Khartoum.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir stressed firm support of the deal so as to achieve comprehensive peace in the CAR and the principles of settling dispute in the Continent. Al-Bashir signed the deal as a guarantor.

He said that the implementation of the deal’s provisions would remain to be the main challenge for the people and government of CAR.

He noted that peace sustainability would also remain a challenge that requires Africa’s concerted efforts.

He appealed to CAR warring groups and the international community to provide support to rebuild CAR and achieve peace in Sudan and Southern Sudan.

Meanwhile, CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera reiterated his government’s readiness to implement the peace deal, noting that the agreement would contribute to ending sufferings of CAR people.

He lauded the big support provided by regional and international partners to the deal.

He called on the armed groups to return to Bangui and start implementing the deal’s provisions.

For his part, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Al-Dardiri Mohammad said that France, Russia and some African partners backed his country’s endeavors to make successful negotiations.

He indicated that the confidence of the Sudanese leadership in CAR and its people resulted in the success of negotiations in Khartoum.

The African Union announced the deal on Saturday, but the terms were not immediately released.

Source: Kuwait News Agency