Vatican, 03 October, 2021 / 8:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Rome-based lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, has facilitated an agreement to end hostilities and pave the way for dialogue in the Central African Republic (CAR).
In a joint statement issued Wednesday, September 29 following a three-day meeting with representatives of government and various opposition parties, participants in the Rome forum describe their deliberations as having been “rich and cordial.”
The participants who included “Central African men and women, representatives of political parties, civil society and religious denominations” say they traveled to Rome “at the invitation of the Community of Sant'Egidio on 27, 28 and 29 September, 2021.”
In their joint statement titled “Towards the Republican Dialogue - for peace and the future of the Central African Republic,” participants in the meeting further say they had “three days of rich and cordial discussions on the future of the Central African Republic.”
“We invite the leaders of our country and the living forces of the Nation to prepare the way for dialogue in a spirit of openness, humility and pragmatism,” they say in the three-page statement signed by representatives of CAR government, opposition leaders, members of the civil society, religious leaders, and the Secretary General of Sant’Egidio Community.