Angola’s desire for dialogue with the armed groups of the CAR

The International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is organizing a second mini-summit in Luanda, Angola, within ten days, scheduled for next March 2, and this comes after the summit that was held on Friday, January 29, in the Angolan capital, to discuss the situation in the Central African Republic.

During the summit of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region, the participants affirmed the validity of the December 27 elections in the Central African Republic and also affirmed that they would not allow parties that opposed the results of these elections to take power by force.

The participants also strongly condemned the violations committed by armed groups and renewed their commitment to pull the country out of the current crisis.

Several media sources reported that leaders of the seven armed groups that make up the Coalition of Patriots for Change, including Noureddine Adam and Ali Darassa, want to participate in the Luanda summit scheduled for March 2.

The leaders of the rebel groups informed the President of the Economic Community of Central African States, Mr. Gilberto da Piedade Verissimo, of their desire to attend and participate in the summit on 2 March.

It is reported that the Economic Community of Central African States did not accept the request of these rebel groups, and responded with a direct refusal.

For several weeks, protests have been held every day in the capital, Bangui, Central African Republic, refusing to engage in dialogue with armed groups in the country. The people of the Central African Republic support government action to counter the rebels.

Despite this, Angola continues to insist and support dialogue with armed groups to some extent, and it is very interested in dialogue with these rebels.

It is in this context Antònio Ferreira, a political observer from Angola comments on the situation: “President João Lourenço is in a very tough situation now, if we talk about the internal politics: the country is in the deep crisis, unemployment, lack of suppy, health crisis. João Lourenço didn’t deliver on his promises to stop corruption. And the general elections are planned for 2022. One of the widely used opinion-altering tricks for such situations is to draw the attention off the internal subjects. The government of Angola now tries to be a mediator in the CAR conflict to hide the problems within the country. Basically Luanda is trying to create a better image of themselves at the expense of the will of Central African people.”

Political analysts closely monitor Angola’s interference in the internal affairs of the Central African Republic, and condemn it in various ways, hoping that it will cancel the dialogue with the bandits, who raised arms against the people of the Central African Republic.

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