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AU chief in CAR to boost peace efforts

The head of the African Union Commission, Mahamat Faki arrived in the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Wednesday to meet the authorities to boost the chances of peace in the strife-torn country.

To this end Faki will meet President Faustin Archange Touadera and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Karim Meckassoua.

According to the AUC chair, his visit falls within the framework not only of the meetings he frequently holds with African leaders, but also to follow up on the initiative of the organization aimed at returning lasting peace in CAR.

He encouraged President Touadera to pursue the path of reconciliation he has already undertaken.

Faki has taken advantage of his meetings with the authorities in Bangui to announce a summit on the CAR with the Security Council on the sidelines of the next UN General Assembly.

For some time, the AU has intensified its involvement in the search for peace in the Central African Republic.

It has organized several meetings with armed groups active in the country to hear their demands ahead of peace talks planned to be held the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Faki’s visit aims to reinforce the AU initiative that is trampling on another peace effort the Russian Federation is also pursuing in CAR.

The meeting in Khartoum, Sudan was held with armed groups at the prompting of Russia while the AU convened another two weeks ago in Bouar in the west of the CAR with some of these country’s rebel movements.

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