CAR armed groups sign ceasefire agreement

Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso (R) and Central African Republic President Catherine Samba Panza attend talks gathering key players in the Central African conflict, on July 23, 2014, in BrazzavilleRival armed factions in the Central African Republic agreed to a tentative ceasefire on Wednesday at a peace conference held in neighbouring Congo. The agreement was signed by representatives of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition and Christian “anti-balaka” vigilante forces — the main players in almost daily sectarian violence that has left thousands dead. A copy of the draft agreement obtained by AFP stated that a cessation of violence would “take effect in the entire territory of the Central African Republic.” The peace talks, which began in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville on Monday, are aimed at reaching an agreement that would see the disarmament and demobilisation of the various militia groups in the country.

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