AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Civil society presents a scheme to lead the country out of the crisis

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bangui (Agenzia Fides) - Disarmament of the militias; sending peacekeeping forces trained by the military that do not belong to the neighboring states; establishment of a Special Tribunal for Central Africa; establishment of a "Truth and Reconciliation" Commission; reshuffling of the current government; organization of local and national election. These are the points of the Scheme in order to lead the Central African Republic out of the crisis, drafted by civil society associations and the "lifeblood" of the nation, whose delegates had gathered in Bangui in recent days. Among them there were also representatives of the religions of the Country (see Fides 11/11/2014).
According to the Scheme the immediate priority must be the disarmament of former Seleka rebels, of the Anti Balaka militia and all other armed groups in the Country. Another important point is the sending of a UN force composed of soldiers that do not belong to the armies of neighboring Countries that are currently present in Central Africa with some military contingents. According to several Central African commentators, neighboring States act mainly to defend their interests, how to protect their borders with Central Africa.
The Scheme also provides for punishment for those responsible for the crimes committed during the civil war, that will be judged by a special International Tribunal. It will be be supported by a "Truth and Reconciliation" Commission responsible for reconciling the minds of the population. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 17/07/2014)