Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on rebel groups in Central Africa. Part I examines recent moves toward peace and stability in Chad and the Central African Republic. Part II will examine ongoing instability in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
On June 12, the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the country's last major rebel force, the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace, signed a peace agreement. The following day, mediators in Chad reached a peace deal with the Popular Front for Reconstruction, a rebel movement based in the CAR for the past three years. This agreement follows a year of deals and arrests that have progressively weakened Chadian rebel groups in eastern Chad and Sudan. For Chad and the CAR, peace and stability seem closer in 2011 than in 2008, when Chadian rebels battled government troops in the capital, N'Djamena, and armed groups terrorized northwestern CAR. ...
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