14:23 GMT06 May 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and opposition groups reached a peace agreement on Saturday during their talks in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui said.

    "#Centrafrique: I am humbled to announce that with the exemplary cooperation I received from both the Government of the CAR(@GouvCF) and the 14 armed groups, we have secured a #peace agreement today in the interest of the people of #CAR. #AfricanInitiative," Chergui wrote on Twitter.

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    The landlocked CAR has been suffering from a drawn-out conflict since a coup in 2013. Much of the fighting in recent years has been between Muslim-majority Seleka and Christian Anti-Balaka militias.

    The UN imposed sanctions barring weapons exports to the country in 2013, but a lack its peacekeeping mission's success, MINUSCA, led it to provide an exception for Russia in December 2017.

    In August 2018, the two groups agreed to establish a platform for consultations on sustainable peace in the CAR.

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