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These new exchanges focus on the republican dialogue promised by President Faustin-Archange Touadéra and currently under preparation.

Various Central African personalities are meeting this Tuesday, September 28, 2021, in Rome for two days of consultations organized by the Sant’Egidio Community, which has been intervening for several years as a mediator in the Central African crisis. After the introductory speech, this Monday, by the president of the Sant Egidio community Andrea Riccardi and a first round table, it is today that the work really begins. Around the table, the former Prime Ministers who have become opponents, Nicolas Tiangaye, Mahamat Kamoun, Martin Ziguele, formulate the wish to “break the deadlock” through an “inclusive” dialogue. Should we understand a dialogue that leaves room for all actors, including armed groups? In any case, this is the position of the KNK, the former party of ex-president Bozizé, which has since taken the head of the rebel CPC coalition. The party is represented by its new president Christian Guenebem. The subject remains a red line for the Central African authorities represented in particular by the first vice-president of the National Assembly Évariste Ngamana and the chief of staff of the prime minister Ernest Mada. “Those who took up arms to destabilize the country must not be present at the dialogue; there is no debate on it”, maintains Minister Albert Yaloke Mokpeme, spokesperson for the presidency. Some figures in civil society, such as Pamela Derom, president of the Youth Council, may try to iron out the differences. In any case, all of them recognize the relevance of mediation in a neutral framework.

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