Bangui, 20 September, 2019 / 12:32 am (ACI Africa).
At a time when recent renewed clashes have left dozens dead in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has urged the warring parties to implement the agreement reached in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, in February.
“We urgently appeal to the Khartoum Agreement Monitoring Committee to do everything possible to ensure that the Agreement is respected by both parties concerned (government and armed groups),” JPC stated.
Renewed clashes between two armed groups in Birao, Eastern part of the country last weekend left at least 38 people dead, raising doubts about the possibility of sustaining the peace deal “Political Accord for Peace and Reconciliation” initiated in Khartoum and signed in CAR’s capital, Bangui.
The peace deal was signed with CAR’s 14 armed groups on February 6, 2019.
“The killings, the repeated massacre of the civilian population, such as the case today of the population of Birao and its surroundings shows the non-compliance with the Khartoum Agreement has serious consequences on the population,” reads the statement signed by Fr Frédéric Nakombo, Secretary General JPC.