The political situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to be strained. Here is a recent media report about peace-keeping efforts. Continue to pray for the Grace Brethren ministries in this country. A portion of the story appears below. Read the complete story here.
Central African Republic ceasefire urged as talks begin
(Reuters) – Mediators urged Central African Republic’s government and rebels to sign a ceasefire on Wednesday as talks got under way to end a month-long revolt, but there was little sign either side was ready to make a deal.
The rebels have come within striking distance of the capital Bangui, posing the biggest threat to President Francois Bozize since he took control of the mineral-rich in a rebellion a decade ago.
“I am asking everyone to show restraint and, in this context, we will suggest at the start of the talks that a ceasefire agreement be signed,” said Basile Ikouebe, foreign minister of Congo Republic, which is mediating the talks.
The Seleka rebels are demanding that Bozize step down, accusing him of failing to honor a 2007 peace agreement to give insurgents money and jobs in exchange for laying down their weapons.