It was endorsed at a ministerial meeting convened by the AU Commission and held on Monday in Libreville, Gabon, attended by Charles Armel Doubane, CAR minister of Foreign Affairs.
The meeting’s final communiqué said a roadmap was adopted to be submitted to the parties invited to an upcoming negotiation. The document puts emphasis on respect for the unity and integrity of the CAR, its democratic institutions and commitment to political peace and the reconciliation process.
It integrates other peace initiatives such as that of the Saint Egidio Community, which is described as the only reference point for the promotion of peace and reconciliation in the CAR.
The new Roadmap for Peace and National Reconciliation aims to promote dialogue between the CAR government and the armed groups, as well as members of the DDRR Advisory and Monitoring Committee in order to reach a peace and reconciliation agreement for a general disarmament in CAR. The participants at the meeting created a special fund to collect the various contributions that could help implement the roadmap.
It would be recalled that several initiatives taken in the past to bring the armed groups to a cease fire. These include the initiative of the parliamentarians for a peace in the CAR, and the peace agreement signed last June in Rome under the aegis of the Saint Egidio Community. This new roadmap of the African Union is the latest of the initiatives this year to bring about lasting peace in the CAR.