Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement

Meanwhile, Vogt said she had made intense diplomatic efforts and, contrary to the skepticism and insistence of rebel groups and the political opposition that President Bozizé had lost all legitimacy, peace talks had begun, with all parties around the table. Regional leaders seemed determined not to let the country be invaded by rebels and to prevent the violent removal of a democratically elected government. They were just as harsh on President Bozizé because of his lack of openness. Pushed into a corner, he was forced to make concessions and keep his promise to form a government of national unity, she said. She called for a more strategic and concerted regional approach to the Central African Republic. The leaders and combatants of many politico-military groups had ties to Chad and were of Chadian origin. This called into question the sense of ownership and commitment to the peace process. Its fact-finding mission was to deepen dialogue and cooperation with the Government of Bangui to help it create national ownership, leadership and accountability. The rebels had previously insisted that Bozize`s resignation be a precondition for peace and that the president, who took power in 2003 in a Chadian-backed coup, be tried before the International Criminal Court. Everyone is now convinced that the Libreville agreement is «the only vital artery for the Central African Republic,» he said.

The fact that the people of the Central African Republic and the international community as a whole had given priority to dialogue gave hope that the new agreement would be put into practice. The signing of the agreement had eased tensions somewhat. His Government was committed to following its recommendations and decisions and implementing them. The parties have been in favour of national reconciliation. He thanked all those who, despite many challenges, have continued to support the search for peace and stability in the Central African Republic. Vogt called the Central African Republic an «aid orphan» and called for investments in peace and development to prevent the country from «falling on a slippery slope.» The acute lack of comprehensive information on the nature and extent of the offences makes it difficult to assess and monitor the situation, punish the perpetrators and help the victims, she said. . .