The end of the arms embargo on the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) may be one of the keys to resolving the conflict in the country — a conclusion drawn at the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, which met Friday in Luanda.
Angolan President João Lourenço presided over the summit, which reiterated the regional support by neighboring countries for President Faustin-Archange Touadé, reelected on Dec. 27, a vote contested by armed rebel groups.
Lourenço, the president of the International Conference of the Great Lakes, pushed for a peaceful transition of power.
“We cannot passively watch the unacceptable situation in that country, whose legitimate government is inexplicably and unjustly conditioned by UN Security Council Resolution 2536 of 2020 with regard to its essential function of ensuring the security and protection of populations,” Lourenço said.
According to Neusa Silva, a Euronews correspondent in Angola, the heads of state at the conference called on all parties involved to resolve their differences peacefully and to express their opposition without violence.
The government officials also called on the rebel groups to observe a unilateral ceasefire, retreat from their positions and put an end to the siege of the capital, Bangui as they condemned the violence.
The resounding call for justice was echoed throughout the international conference.
The presidents of member states of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region will meet again on Feb. 8 to review developments and consider solutions for ending conflicts in the CAR.
Meanwhile, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, UN Peacekeeping personnel are required to adhere to government-mandated safety measures and guidelines.