Central Africa govt inks peace deal with 14 armed groups: AFP

Tuesday February 5 2019


Rwandan police officers from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca) in an armoured vehicle patrol a market in Bangui's Combattant district on September 14, 2015, as patrol vehicles from the French Operation Sangaris forces drive past (left). The CAR has been riven by conflict for decades. PHOTO | EDOUARD DROPSY | AFP 

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The government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups inked a new peace accord on Tuesday to end years of fighting that has left thousands of people dead.

The accord, the eighth since 2012, was initialled by President Faustin Archange Touadera for the CAR government, an AFP correspondent reported.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who hosted the talks in Khartoum sponsored by the African Union and the United Nations that culminated in the agreement, was also present at the ceremony.