African leaders urge dialogue in Central African Republic to avoid conflict
Regional African leaders whose countries are members of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), met in Angola on Friday to discuss political and security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR).
ICGLR is an intergovernmental organization of African countries in the African Great Lakes region.
Angolan President João Lourenço, who presided over the ICGLR summit, urged politicians and civil society in CAR to overcome differences through dialogue instead of military means.
Lourenço reiterated the regional support by neighboring countries for CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadé, re-elected on December 27, a vote contested by armed rebel groups.
"We cannot passively watch the unacceptable situation in that country, whose legitimate government is inexplicably and unjustly conditioned by UN Security Council Resolution 2536 of 2020 with regard to its essential function of ensuring the security and protection of populations," Lourenço said.
According to Euronews correspondent in Angola, Neusa Silva, the heads of state at the conference called on all parties involved to resolve their differences peacefully and to express their opposition without violence.
The government officials also called on the rebel groups to observe a unilateral ceasefire, retreat from their positions and put an end to the siege of the capital, Bangui — as they outrightly condemned the violence against the people.