Central African Republic on the menu of a summit of heads of state in Angola

An aerial view of Luanda, the Angolan capital.

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An aerial view of Luanda, the Angolan capital.

Angola is hosting a summit this Friday of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) which brings together the heads of state of the region. Chadian President Idriss Déby is also invited. Main points on the agenda: the security situation in the Central African Republic, still in the grip of a rebellion following the re-election of Faustin-Archange Touadéra.

With our special correspondent in Bangui, Florence morice

Among the subjects on the agenda: the appointment of a mediator to the Central African Republic. It had been announced in November at a summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), but has not yet materialized. The negotiations are delicate, especially because President Touadéra sets his conditions. According to diplomatic sources, he objected to the chosen personality coming from the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (Cémac), Chad and Congo-Brazzaville in particular that he ” suspects that they are too close to their opposition ».

Break the deadlock

Problem: it’s the Congolese Denis Sassou-Nguesso ” as President of ECCAS, which was responsible for leading the consultations », Explains a diplomat. He would even have willingly offered, according to this source leading to a blockage. Recently, it was therefore the president of the ECCAS commission, the Angolan Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo who took up the torch. Hence this choice to break the deadlock of holding a summit under the aegis of the ICGLR, the Conference of the Great Lakes countries which his country is currently leading.

Chad is not part of this organization, but has been invited because of its great influence on the security of the sub-region. In addition to the question of the mediator, the heads of state should also discuss a possible sending to the Central African Republic of military reinforcements. Angola, and the DRC were notably solicited.

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