CAR Reaches Peace Deal With Armed Groups
The government of the Central African Republic signed a peace agreement with 14 militant groups after a series of talks, according to the UN. The country has shaken by ongoing violence in recent years, largely pitting Muslim and Christian groups against each other. The conflict erupted in 2013 when Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the President, which created a backlash from pro-government and other, mostly Christian, militia. The terms of the deal have not been released, but analysts hope that they will support the development of stability. Agreements in 2014, 2015, and 2017 all collapsed and fighting quickly resumed. But this agreement, however, has been greeted by all involved with greater levels of optimism and expectations that it could indeed form the basis of stability.