"My priority is to restore peace," Touadera said. "All armed groups must be disarmed. We need to start disarming, demobilizing, reintegrating and repatriating former combatants."
He added that the government needs to urgently beef up its national security forces to regain control of large parts of the country. The country's authorities are in talks with rival Muslim and Christian militia leaders to restart dialogue on a ceasefire, Touadera said.
CAR’s disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation process has the backing of the United Nations, which has estimated that thousands of people have been displaced by more than three years of fighting since the previously elected president was ousted by Seleka rebels.