The BBC this afternoon in reporting that a ceasefire has been signed in the Central African Republic. Since December 10, the Seleka rebel force took control of northern and eastern CAR and began a trek toward the capital of Bangui. Missionary staff with Encompass World Partners (formerly Grace Brethren International Missions) were evacuated where necessary. (See a report from Encompass here.) Click here for the complete BBC story.
Central African Republic ceasefire signed
Rebels fighting the government in the Central African Republic have signed a formal ceasefire following talks in Gabon.
The rebels and president agreed to the formation of a unity government, which will reportedly be formed on Saturday.
The Seleka rebel alliance took control of northern and eastern CAR in a four-week offensive starting on 10 December.
It has accused President Francois Bozize of breaking previous peace deals.
Friday’s ceasefire agreement was signed in Gabon’s capital Libreville after three days of talks mediated by neighbouring countries.
President Bozize has invited the opposition and all parties to return with him to Bangui so that this new government could be put in place on Saturday.