Central African Republic gov't, rebels sign peace deal in Rome

2017-06-19 17:15:49 GMT2017-06-20 01:15:49(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ROME, June 19 (Xinhua) -- A peace deal was signed Monday in Rome between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and armed insurgencies.

The agreement mediated by the Sant'Egidio lay Catholic movement and the international community would put an end to a civil war that has been raging since 2012.

It calls for an immediate cease-fire, for the setting up of a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission to stabilize the country, for the lifting of United Nations sanctions against CAR leaders, for the free circulation of humanitarian aid organizations, and for the return of refugees and displaced persons to their homes.

The 10-page so-called "Sant'Egido Agreement" posted on Twitter by the Catholic group was signed by the representatives of 13 different rebel groups and CAR Foreign Minister Charles Armel Doubane in the presence of the UN special representative in the CAR and Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Giro.

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