In Summary
  • The African Union has been leading a peace process in the Central African Republic but there has been little progress.
  • CAR descended into violence in 2013 following the ouster of the majority-Christian country's president, Francois Bozize.
  • The central government remains very weak, with its authority largely confined to Bangui.

Libreville

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have presented nearly 100 demands, including a general amnesty, to an African Union (AU) expert panel seeking to broker peace in the country.

An AU document, seen by AFP, lists 97 demands by the armed groups in return for peace, with a government of national unity required along with the amnesty and a restructuring of the army.

The African Union has been leading a peace process in the Central African Republic but there has been little progress.

One of Africa's poorest countries, the CAR descended into violence in 2013 following the ouster of the majority-Christian country's president, Francois Bozize, by a coalition of Muslim-majority rebel groups called the Seleka.

ANTI-BALAKA

In response, Christians, who account for about 80 percent of the population, organised vigilante units dubbed "anti-balaka."

France intervened militarily to help force out the Seleka before handing on to a UN peacekeeping mission.

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