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Central African Republic factions reach truce in Kenya

Central African Republic's warring factions agree to stop hostilities in Kenya-mediated talks

Central African Republic factions reach truce in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The Kenyan mediator of Central African Republic peace talks says representatives of two warring factions have signed an unconditional cease-fire in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Kenyan mediator Kenneth Marende told reporters Thursday that representatives of both the ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka armed groups pledged to stop the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and to stop launching attacks against civilians.

Kenya has taken the lead on Central African Republic peace talks, as encouraged by the African Union. However, it is unclear how legitimate these talks are as there has been no participation of Central African Republic President Catherine Samba-Panza's government.

Previous cease-fires agreed to by various alleged representatives of the two sides have been swiftly broken.

Updated : 2021-09-18 01:23 GMT+08:00