CAR peace deal


Central African Republic signed a peace deal with 14 armed groups following two weeks of talks in Khartoum.

The peace deal was announced by the African Union but the terms were not immediately released.

Central African Republic has been rocked by violence since 2013 when mainly Muslim Selaka rebels ousted then-president Francois Bozize, prompting reprisals from mostly Christian militia.

Thousands died because of the unrest in the diamond and gold-producing country and a fifth of the 4.5 million populace fled their homes.

A 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission, deployed since 2014, struggled to restore order to rural areas where government has little or no control and attacks on civilians are frequent. Over a dozen peacekeepers were killed by rebels in 2017.

Government and rebels expressed optimism over the deal. Lasting peace is not guaranteed with similar agreements in 2014, 2015 and 2017 all breaking down.