One soldier and ten rebels die in fighting in RCA despite the president’s ceasefire

At least one soldier from the Central African Republic (CAR) and ten members of the rebel group Retorno, Reclamation y Rehabilitación (3R) died on Sunday in clashes in the north-west of the country despite the unilateral ceasefire enacted by the president in October. Faustin – Archangel Touadéra.

According to the Central African news portal Ndjoni Sangó, the army repelled an attack by 3R, which is integrated into the Patriots Coalition for Change (CPC) in the city of Letele.

Local sources have indicated that rebel mercenaries in support of 3R, one of the most active CCP groups in the African country, were involved in the attack, although there is currently no confirmation on this point.

One soldier and ten rebels die in fighting in RCA despite the president’s ceasefire
One soldier and ten rebels die in fighting in RCA despite the president’s ceasefire

A senior local official also criticized the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in RCA (MINUSCA) not mobilizing troops to support the army despite having bases nearby.

“We saw a similarly cynical attitude by peacekeepers back in May 2021 when the Chadian army entered Central African territory with the tacit approval of UN officials,” said the high-ranking official.

Touadéra announced a unilateral ceasefire on October 15, after which the presidency made it clear that the decision would affect those rebels “who have given up their arms” following the offensive launched by the CCP in December 2020.

The Central African Presidency declared that the rebels who “refuse to sign and surrender their weapons” are viewed by security forces as “enemies of peace” after elements of 3R and the UPC refused to advertise.

For its part, the CCP reiterated that it “takes note of” Touadéra’s announcement and called on the President to initiate an “inclusive” dialogue process that “involves all active forces in the nation and all protagonists involved in armed operations.” Conflict.

The African country has plunged into a serious crisis with the loss of the candidacy of former President François Bozizé, who returned to the country at the end of 2019 to re-run for the presidency, a position that he gave up in 2014 due to the lifting of the Séléka rebels, mostly Muslim. Bozizé currently heads the CPC.

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