Sudanese president slams plots to cripple peace efforts for Central African Republic

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-16 05:21:01|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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KHARTOUM, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday blasted plots to cripple his country's efforts to achieve peace in Central African Republic (CAR).

"Many envy Sudan over its endeavors to achieve peace in the region and tend to cripple its efforts to achieve it in the CAR," said al-Bashir during his address to the conference of the Islamic Movement in Khartoum.

"All the conflicting parties in the CAR are convinced that Sudan can achieve peace in their country," especially after it has succeeded in doing so in South Sudan, he added.

Sudan has become a refuge for those who seek peace and safety, the Sudanese president noted.

In August, Khartoum hosted a session of talks between the CAR's Seleka armed opposition and the Anti-Balaka militia group under a Russian initiative and the patronage of al-Bashir.

The talks concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, which requires the establishment of a joint body for peace aiming at renouncing violence and extremism, cessation of hostilities and allowing free movement of citizens and trade with neighboring countries.

A new round of peace talks between the CAR's conflicting parties was set to be held in Khartoum by mid November, but Khartoum announced on Sunday its postponement upon the request of the African Union (AU) as the talks would coincide with the AU Extraordinary Summit on the Institutional Reform in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia.

Since 2013, the CAR has been suffering from a religious and ethnic conflict after the Muslim-majority Seleka armed opposition seized power, which led to reprisal operations by the Anti-Balaka militia group.