CAR: Armed Rebels Threatening Success of Peace Agreement, Bishop Laments

BANGUI, JULY 16, 2019 (CISA)-Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo-Aziagbia, the President of the Central African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has warned citizens about armed rebel groups that are preventing the prospects for success of the recent peace agreement in the country.

“The government is keeping its part of the bargain in this current peace agreement, but the armed group leaders are not really eager to implement their own part of the obligations,” said the Bishop during an interview with CNA.

The Bishop acknowledged that the recent peace agreement has a mechanism to bring peace in the country but rebel groups are not cooperating.

He remarked that with good will from each party, the country can be able to work out something good and come out of the crisis they are facing.

“I strongly believe that with a bit of good will from each and every one of us, we will be able to work out something good and come out of this crisis,” said the bishop.

He also attributed lack of access to education and lack of investment as factors challenging the establishment of peace in the country.

“We have to take those youth from the grip of these armed leaders, give them something else, let them rely upon themselves, let them trust in themselves and education is the key,” he said

In February 2019, the government signed an agreement—the Political Accord for Peace and Reconciliation—in Khartoum, Sudan, with more than a dozen rebel groups. Several other peace agreements to end the country’s prolonged conflict have fallen through in recent years.