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Is peace in the Central African Republic?

The parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic have signed a peace agreement. It is not the first time warring parties in the country have done just that, and it is hardly the last.

The Central African Republic (SAR) is, as the name implies, in the heart of Africa. The country has been subjected to considerable violence since a rebel group with a center of gravity in the eastern part capped presidential power in 2013. In February, the Central African government and fourteen of the country's armed groups succeeded in reaching a peace agreement.

Much of the basis for today's conflict lies outside what a peace agreement between the owner and the rebel forces can resolve.

Smail Chergui, negotiator and commissioner for peace and security in the AU, Smail Chergui, said at the signing of the letter of intent in Sudan that the agreement gives Central Africans the opportunity to embark on much needed reconciliation and development work. However, SAR's history may indicate that it is wrong. Much of the basis for today's conflict lies outside what a peace agreement between the government and rebel forces can resolve.

No guarantees

Several of the armed groups that have signed the peace agreement are loose organizations without a command structure that can guarantee that factions of the forces will not continue. . .

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Røen teaches peace and conflict studies at Bjørknes University College.

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