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  1. Central African Republic : the African Union on the footsteps of Russian-Sudanese efforts for peace

    https://africandailyvoice.com/en/20...ion-footsteps-russian-sudanese-efforts-peace/

    2019-01-07Central African Republic, POLITICS

    NEWSROOM (ADV) – An international peace mission composed of UN officials, the African Union (AU), and diplomats from bordering countries of the Central African Republic (CAR) is expected next Tuesday in the Central African capital Bangui, said Sunday the press spokesman of the Central African Presidency.


    The mission includes UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Smaïl Chergui and Foreign Ministers from neighboring countries. According to the communication advisor and spokesperson of the Central African presidency, Albert Yaloké-Mokpème, the purpose of this mission is to agree with the Central African State of the places and dates of the various meetings between the Central African Government and the armed groups active across the country.


    At the end of this meeting under the auspices of the AU, the parties concerned will have to proceed to the final signing of the documents, in Bangui.


    The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration into civilian life of armed groups will be on the agenda of the meeting, Yaloké-Mokpème said.


    As a prelude to this meeting of national reconciliation, the Central African President Faustin-Archange Touadéra consulted with the political, religious and social entities of the country.


    According to the exchanges, it emerged that the planned discussions must be held in strict compliance with the Constitution and that there should be no amnesty for perpetrators of crimes committed in the territory, with a view to ensure zero impunity.


    d© Bur-csa – A.H / N.A – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng
     
  2. Important Dates Regarding The Central African Republic Over The Next 3 Weeks

    January 10th-11th - Bambari Food Festival. National Holiday and will promote the freedom of Bambari. This town is located just south of Axmin's gold deposit and has been under rebel control since 2013 until recently. Very important strategic location.
    January 24th - African Union & United Nations will host a meeting in Khartoum(Sudan) between the CAR government and all rebel groups. This should be the final signing of peace. Even getting half of the groups to agree is a major boost to stabilization
    January 30th-31st - United Nations will either renew or let expire the weapons embargo that has been in place since 2013. There is a strong consensus that the embargo will drop and FACA soldiers will get high end military equipment to help finish off any rebels left
    All this information can be found on the Axmin facebook page. However some of it might need to be translated into english.
     
  3. Recent articles about the central african republic

    C. Africa army head came to Russia for training: minister - https://finance.yahoo.com/news/c-africa-army-head-came-russia-training-minister-103935828.html
    Central African Republic Open to Russian Military Base - https://themoscowtimes.com/news/central-african-republic-open-to-russian-military-base-64091
    CAR sets peace talks for January 24: AU - https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/car-sets-peace-talks-for-january-24-au-20190110
    Sudan in favor of a permanent return to peace in CAR -
     
  4. Central African Republic: the army gradually resumes its provisions before the crisis

    https://africandailyvoice.com/2019/...NNEp_qa3Y6ZPI_KXkqipQJ5p3hXVJWgxbDgglSAHkC0bg

    Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) - The Central African army is becoming more powerful and regaining control of several cities once occupied by rebels. The city of Bocaranga in the Northeast is taken over without a fight on January 7, 2019.

    The Central African Armed Forces (FACA), dislocated since the seizure of power of the Seleka rebellion in 2013, began to restructure with the support of the European mission EUTM-RCA but especially the Russian instructors, who train them in handling weapons and fighting techniques.

    Even though several cities still remain controlled by rebels, who continue despite the UN embargo on arms to rearm, the national army, which launched the reconquest of cities is moving forward in its project, a wish the most money of the population, already bruised by the crisis.

    The city of Bocaranga, a sub-prefecture of Ouham Pendé in the north, formerly occupied by the rebels of 3R Sidiki Abbas, returns under the control of the army, after a first attempt last December. According to ADV information, the warlord Sidiki has entrenched himself 40 km from the city. Angry, his elements attacked, looted and robbed some residents near Bouar in the prefecture of Nana-Mambéré.

    "The population is jubilant to welcome its army, after six years of absence in the city. But we do not want a joint operation with Minusca, "said a resident joined by ADV.

    After Paoua, Bangassou, Sibut, Bambari, Bouar Amdafok, Obo, Mobaye, Alindao, Ippy ... there remain only three sensitive cities namely Bria, Kaga-Bandoro and Ndélé, controlled by the Séléka, so that the army restores its supremacy .

    Security observers told ADV that the task is difficult but not impossible. "There are too many manipulations of rebel groups, who are fighting to control the natural resources for the benefit of some foreign powers, as denounced in his speech to the nation, the Central African President, on the occasion of the New Year . The CAR remains sovereign and will triumph, "said the observer.

    The Central African Army, expects more than 4,000 weapons from Russia, several thousand others and equipment from China, Belgium but remains under the embargo imposed by the UN Security Council while rebels, continue to arm themselves under the helpless eye of the United Nations, which only denounces reports.
     
  5. AXMIN Chairman and CEO Provides Update for 2019

    https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/42166/AXMIN-Chairman-and-CEO-Provides-Update-for-2019

    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - January 14, 2019) - AXMIN Inc. (TSXV: AXM) ("AXMIN" or the "Company") Chairman and CEO Lucy Yan provides an update for 2019 commenting as follows:

    2018 was a transformational year for our Company. Royalty payments together with the resolution of the long-standing accounts payable have placed AXMIN on a strong foundation and we intend to build on this foundation in 2019. Our main focus will be to become operational in the Central African Republic (CAR) to develop the Passendro asset.

    AXMIN has maintained a constant presence in country during this difficult time and enjoys an excellent relationship with the authorities in Bangui and also in Bambari. We are monitoring the security situation carefully and when security returns, we have plans in place to renew our operation. We note that the CAR arm forces (FACA) have been deployed to Bambari and are now being deployed in surrounding areas. We are informed by the authorities in Bangui that we should anticipate being operational again in the near future.

    To this end, we are expanding our presence in country and will add additional senior staff to assist this process. AXMIN has been approached by several potential strategic partners to assist with the development of the asset. The Company will commence a formal process to select the strategic partner once we have clarity on timing the return to Ndassima. We have completed an online data room for this purpose. The selection criteria will favor very large well capitalized companies with mining and infrastructure construction experience in Africa. The first objective will be to complete a site survey and then commence a phased development plan with rapid production being the priority.

    Going forward, AXMIN will have two distinct parts to our operation in that we anticipate having royalty income from our assets and having operational income from the CAR asset. In order to better facilitate transparency and maximize shareholder value, the Company is investigating how best to structure these two separate activities. AXMIN is taking advice in this regard and may create a separate entity for the purpose of realizing royalty income from Senegal and other potential assets that may be added.

    In 2019, the Company looks forward to being more communicative with our shareholders. We have commenced a presence on social media and will be providing an updated company presentation as well. Management is looking forward to another strong year for the Company in 2019 and will keep the market updated with further press releases on each of the matters above when appropriate.

    About AXMIN

    AXMIN is a Canadian exploration and development company with a strong focus on the African continent. AXMIN continues to closely monitor the political situation at its Feasibility Stage Passendro Gold Project in the Central African Republic. For more information regarding AXMIN visit our website at www.axmininc.com. Please also visit us on Facebook.

    For additional information, please contact AXMIN Inc.:

    Lucy Yan
    Chairman and CEO
    ceo@axmininc.com
    AXMIN Inc.

    General Enquiries
    David de Jongh Weill
    Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
    david@axmininc.com

    +65 9781 8281

    Investor Relations
    ir@axmininc.com
    www.axmininc.com
     
  6. Note: The UPC was the main rebel group that controlled Bambari, Ndassima and the surrounding area. That group has now been removed, thus giving the government room to move in and secure everything. Axmin's gold deposit is in Ndassima. Despite Ali Darassa escaping, he has no force to command and his funding sources are now gone.

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    Sunday, January 13, 2019 around 6 am, after the complete destruction of the UPC military bases, the Portuguese forces left Bambari for the village Gbokologbo , second stronghold of the UPC in Ouaka , 60 kilometers on the Alindao axis . The objective according to the Minusca , clear the rebels in all the sector close to Bambari .

    Meanwhile, Rwandan soldiers from Minusca , based in the Alindao sub-prefecture , have been alerted of the next operation that will take place in the second stronghold of the UPC in Ouaka . Immediately, they spent the night from Saturday to Sunday, January 13 25 kilometers from Gbokologbo , blocking the northern exit of the rebels to Alindao .

    At the same time, the Portuguese forces , which are progressing from Bambari, begin to confront the rebels of the UPC 40 kilometers from Bambarito Digui village .

    As the fight progressed , the Portuguese advanced dangerously from Gbokologbo . Only 5 kilometers away, rebel leader Ali Darassa and his friend Hassa BOUBA , former advisor to President Faustin Archange TOUADERA , called for a cease-fire to negotiate.

    While the Minusca poses its conditions, including the dismantling of all the barriers, as well as

    the non-circulation of rebels with guns in the corner , Ali Darassa accepts all these imposed conditions.

    As a good rogue, rebel leader Ali Darassa and some of his men, including Hassan Bouba quietly left the village.

    As if that were not enough, some rebels came out behind the Rwandan soldiers and opened fire.

    Immediately, the Portuguese and Rwandan forces entered the Gbokologbo village to drive out the rebels.

    Here too, all the UPC bases were destroyed by the Minusca forces .

    While rebel leader Ali Darassa and his friend Hassan BOUBA fled to the town of Ngakobo , much to everyone's surprise, Hassan BOUBA was released on Tuesday (January 15th) in Ndélé , the provincial capital of Bamingui-Bangoran . Immediately, he is summoned by gde to leave the city. Since then, he is no longer visible.

    For the time being, no rebel, at least in weapon or outfit , is no longer visible in Bambari and Gbokologbo .
     
  7. ECCAS Ambassador Expects CAR Peace Agreement To Be Reached At Khartoum Meeting

    https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/eccas-ambassador-expects-car-peace-agreement-530913.html

    MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th January, 2019) The Economic Community of Central African States' (ECCAS) ambassador to the Central African Republic (CAR) told Sputnik on Wednesday that he believed the CAR government and the representatives of the country's militia groups would be able to reach a peace deal during their upcoming meeting in the Sudanese capital.

    A week ago, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry announced that the next round of peace talks would be held in Khartoum on January 24.

    "I expect an agreement between the CAR government and the 14 armed groups invited for the dialogue ... ECCAS does support an inclusive agreement for peace in CAR," Adolphe Nahayo, who will be part of the ECCAS delegation to the meeting, said.



    The Central African Republic has been marred by clashes between the predominantly Muslim armed group Seleka, the Christian Anti-balaka militia, and the government forces since 2012.

    In August 2018, Seleka and the Anti-balaka militia agreed to establish a platform for consultations on sustainable peace in the African nation. The groups then also called on the government to seek help from Russia, the European Union, and other regional and international players in the reconciliation efforts.
     
  8. The Central African Republic gets set for free trade
    https://www.uneca.org/stories/central-african-republic-gets-set-free-trade
    Yaounde, 18 January 2019 (ECA) – A total of 83 leaders from the public and private sectors of the Central African Republic (CAR) have completed a three-day training to appropriate rules of origin procedures for accrediting national industrial products into the ECCAS-CEMAC Harmonized Preferential Tariff regime.


    Facilitated by the Subregional Office for Central Africa of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the training took place in Bangui as part of a series that has already benefitted local investors and administrative officials in Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


    The series of training ultimately seeks to fully activate free trade within the ECCAS and help to operationalize the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), whose legal instruments were signed on 21 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.


    The trainees are expected to use the insights from the workshop to make better use of the current preferential tariff regime in place across ECCAS countries, given that current ECCAS arrangements have removed tariffs from the intraregional export-import of items that have been locally produced and transformed, yet were little known or applied on the field.


    "In prelude to our exposure to the huge opportunities the continental marketplace (AfCFTA), the appropriation of the sub-regional market is a challenge that we must first tackle together as the public and private sector” said the CAR Minister of Trade and Industry – Mr. Come Hassan, who opened the training session.


    “This training, which is an essential link in the chain leading us towards a free trade area, will therefore plug the knowledge gaps we face around the contours of intra-African trade,” he added.


    He said it was high time the CAR worked to the extent that its “market becomes a supplier” of finished products to the Central African subregion and beyond.


    For his part, Mr. Simon Fouda – Economic Affairs Officer and Representative of the Director of ECA's Subregional Office for Central Africa, called on the beneficiaries of the training to immerse themselves in the mastery procedures for benefitting from the CEEAC-CEMAC preferential tariff for local industrial products, as this will "concretely exude the benefits of the Central African Free Trade Area".


    Tariff and non-tariff barriers as well as limited economic diversification and product complementarity among Central African states have contributed to the lower performance of the subregion in terms of intra-Africa trade, which stands at about 3% against the African average of 17%.


    The Bangui training brings the number of persons trained to take advantage of the ECCAS-CEMAC Harmonized Preferential Tariff regime to boost intraregional trade in Central Africa to almost 400 across six countries of the subregion. Actors in the rest of the countries of the subregion will also be reached.


    Funding for the activity was made possible thanks to a contribution agreement signed by the European Union (EU) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) for the further harmonization of ECCAS and CEMAC trade policy instruments.

    -ENDS-



    Issued by:

    The Sub-Regional Office for Central Africa

    UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

    P.O. Box 14935 Yaounde, Cameroon

    Tel: (+237) 222504348 / 222504315 / 222504321

    Email: sroca@uneca.org



    Media Contacts

    Abel Akara Ticha – Communication Officer

    Tel: 237 222504348
     
  9. Peace Talks Between Rebels & Central African Republic Have Begun

    Before reading the article below, keep in mind that the CAR government has already taken back a significant amount of area through it's FACA forces, with the help of the UN and Russia. The peace talks and embargo only speed things up, but Axmin announced their update without any regards to the events taking place. The company will get back on the claim either way.

    https://africandailyvoice.com/en/20...s-inter-central-african-talks-khartoum-sudan/

    NEWSROOM (ADV) – Inter-Central African peace talks in Central Africa are opening on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.

    The armed groups and the government are scheduled to meet in the Sudanese capital from 24 to 30 January to discuss the issues of peace in order to truly initiate the disarmament of armed groups for an end of the crisis in the Central African Republic, which is sinking into violence for several decades.

    Several personalities and representatives of armed groups are invited by the African Union. Almost all armed groups have agreed to take part in these exchanges, despite the context of tensions in some cities in the interior of the country.

    These so-called “last chance” talks present several issues. They come a the government launched the process of justice, something that these groups do not admit and advocate amnesty yet denounced by all.

    The division of power, especially the prime minister, is part of the demands of these armed groups, who then demand a government of national unity.

    This dialogue will open in a context of Western interferences following the Russian presence which made a remarkable diplomatic breakthrough for two years, after having been authorized by the UN Security Council to deliver arms to the Central African Armed Forces and to train them in handling these weapons. Also without losing sight of geopolitical and geostrategic issues.

    Already, in a statement, the government invites the peace-loving Central Africans to mobilize behind the negotiating team with the firm intention of reaching a compromise with the armed groups, in the strict respect of the Constitution, the National Unity, Territorial Integrity, Secular and Republican Form of the State and Conclusions of the Bangui National Forum.

    This dialogue of Khartoum, which is the first step according to the AU calendar, comes five months after the Russian initiative that brought together the 5 most influential rebel leaders of the country, who signed an agreement to guarantee the success of the African Peace Initiative.
     
  10. CAR / Khartoum peace talks: Central African government and rebels actively seeking compromise to achieve lasting peace

    https://africandailyvoice.com/2019/...n-compromis-pour-parvenir-a-une-paix-durable/

    2019-01-26Central African Republic , POLITICS

    Khartoum, Sudan (ADV) - At the end of a first day of exchange and contact between Central African rebels and the Bangui government, everything gives the impression that clashes and misfortunes will be the ills that will now befall any nobody lurking or not in the shadows who would try to destabilize the Central African Republic; the willingness of the various protagonists of the Khartoum dialogue has been shown and we can no longer manifest in the early hours of the talks prepared since 2017, under the auspices of the African Union and initiated at the end of August by the Russian Federation, always here at Khartoum.

    In the sudden capital, on 25 January, the Central African armed groups said they were optimistic about the continuation of the dialogue that takes place in the presence of the organizers and all the delegations that came to support the Central African brothers in this important moment in their history, in the search for lasting peace and national reconciliation for all the children of the country ... In their words, we mean a will to make a clean sweep of the past and disputes that have lasted too long, as evidenced by these words of a political adviser of the FPRC, Abakar Salom.
    Extract.



    For its part, the Central African government, through its head of mission in Khartoum, Firmin Ngrebado, hailed the fact that the representatives of the armed groups are all in favor of a peace agreement to get the country out of the deadlock and security. to truly rebuild.

    The government and rebel groups will therefore actively and responsibly seek this compromise, a prerequisite for the return of peace in the Central African Republic.

    An episode that promises to be difficult, according to some observers, to the extent that, according to them, the main demand made by the armed groups revolves around the division of power and the request for a government of national unity.

    However, it is important to note that at this stage of the exchanges, the demands of the rebel groups have already been heard by the Central African government. The government will certainly share its answers in the hours or days to come ...

    Meanwhile, all the actors and organizers of these meetings welcomed the first moments of this dialogue and especially the day of 25 January 2019 behind closed doors, marked by a presentation on the origin of the conflict in Central Africa, the government statement of the Central African Mission in Khartoum and exchanges between the two sides in a question-and-answer format.



    The rest of the process is certainly to come, but in Khartoum for the moment, on the future of the CAR, it is the tranquility that reigns.
     
  11. Bangui calls for UN arms embargo to be lifted

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6640235/Bangui-calls-UN-arms-embargo-lifted.html

    By AFP PUBLISHED: 08:35 EST, 28 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:00 EST, 28 January 2019

    The prime minister of Central African Republic led a rally of around 3,000 people on Monday calling for a global arms embargo to be lifted ahead of a UN meeting later this week.

    The mineral-rich country, wracked by ethnic and religious conflict since 2013, has been subject to a UN Security Council arms and ammunition embargo for the past five years.

    Speaking on a podium in Bangui's central Place des Martyrs, Prime Minister Mathieu Simplice Sarandji said: "This is a lock that deserves to be opened, this is an embargo which strikes our defence and security forces."

    "The government respects the embargo while armed groups receive weapons! The people of Central African Republic can not understand this law of double standards," he said to cheers from the crowds in the capital.

    The UN Security Council will on Thursday decide whether to renew the embargo, which bans weapon supplies to the country unless approved by a UN sanctions committee.

    The authorities in Bangui have repeatedly called on the UN to lift the embargo.

    The sanctions are aimed at ensuring imported weapons do not end up in the hands of militias in the corruption-prone country.

    The committee has previously approved shipments of weapons from France and Russia but Chinese weapons deliveries have been blocked.

    A UN report last year said "the recent acquisition of arms by the government has prompted factions" of militias to rearm.

    Several protesters on Monday blamed UN Security Council member France for maintaining the embargo.

    "We have soldiers who no longer work because of the embargo. It's because of France," said demonstrator Pierre.

    "Only the army can ensure the security of CAR. We want Central African Republic to regain its sovereignty, we want the total lifting of the embargo," said another protester, Fiacre.

    One of the world's poorest nations, Central African Republic has struggled to recover from a 2013 civil war that erupted when President Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.

    In response, Christians, who account for about 80 percent of the population, organised vigilante units dubbed "anti-Balaka" in reference to the balaka machetes used by Seleka rebels.

    Thousands of people have died in the violence, 700,000 been internally displaced and another 570,000 have fled abroad.
     
  12. Central African Republic Peace Talks 'Going Well' - Sudan Observer

    https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/central-african-republic-peace-talks-going-w-542163.html

    KHARTOUM (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 28th January, 2019) Talks in Khartoum to hammer out a peace deal between the government of Central African Republic and numerous armed groups are progressing, a Sudanese observer told Sputnik on Monday.



    The African Union-brokered negotiations have been on since last Thursday. They are observed by the UN, Sudan, Gabon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo.

    "The talks are going well ... The African Union has listened to them [sides] and put forth its first document with proposals for different parties," Ata Al-Mannan, a state minister with the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, said to Sputnik.

    The minister said observers were sifting through the union's recommendations, which will lay the groundwork for the future arrangement between all stakeholders in Central African Republic.



    The landlocked country has been suffering from a drawn-out conflict since a coup in 2013. Much of the fighting in recent years has been between Muslim-majority Seleka and Christian Anti-Balaka militias.

    The government has sent a delegation of senior ministers to Khartoum, led by the president's chief of staff, Firmin Ngrebada. Delegates from 14 armed militias are attending, as are religious leaders, human rights advocates and other civil society figures.
     
  13. UN set to move toward easing Central African Republic arms embargo
    https://thedefensepost.com/2019/01/30/un-ease-central-african-republic-arms-embargo/
    JANUARY 30, 2019 3 MINUTES READ
    The United Nations Security Council is set to open the door to an easing of the arms embargo on the Central African Republic, five years after the country stood on the verge of genocide.

    The government has repeatedly called for the restrictions to be lifted to allow arms supplies to shore up its security forces fighting militias that control much of the country. Prime Minister Mathieu Simplice Sarandji led a rally of around 3,000 people on Monday calling for the arms embargo to be lifted.

    The Security Council will vote on Thursday on a French-drafted resolution that calls for a review of the arms embargo by September if the Bangui government meets benchmarks in managing weapons, disarming militias and reforming its security sector, according to the text seen by AFP on Wednesday, January 30.

    The draft resolution would renew the embargo until January 2020 but open the door to a partial lifting that would allow the government to purchase weapons without seeking approval from the U.N. sanctions committee.

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will submit a report by the end of July on whether the government has met the benchmarks after CAR presents its own findings by June 30.

    Diplomats said Wednesday they expect the measure to be adopted.

    “We think it’s a good idea to have a review of the embargo,” Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told AFP.

    Russia has stepped up its presence in the Central African Republic, training troops, brokering peace talks with militias, and providing security and advice to President Faustin-Archange Touadera, sparking tensions with France, the former colonial power.

    In August, Russia signed a military cooperation agreement with CAR offering the possibility for Central African officers and NCOs to be trained in Russian military schools.

    The European Union also trains Central African military personnel. In July, the bloc extended EUTM-RCA until 2020, pledging €25 million ($29 million) to help reform the country’s defense sector. The scope of the mission was also modified to give strategic advice to the president’s cabinet, interior ministry and police, as well as the military.

    The U.N. sanctions committee has previously approved shipments of weapons. In December, France handed over 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and three amphibious vehicles to the Central African Republic to shore up its beleaguered armed forces, and in 2017, the embargo was lifted to allow delivery of 1,700 Russian weapons for FACa.

    France, Belgium, China and the U.S. have all recently supplied equipment for CAR’s military, but that equipment is understood not to include weaponry.

    In June, France, the U.S. and the United Kingdom put a hold on a request from Central African Republic for U.N. Security Council approval of weapons shipments from China.

    Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the outgoing U.N. special envoy to the CAR, said in September that the need for weapons was “undeniable” as the Central African Republic government builds its armed forces, but urged transparency in the flow of arms.

    “China, but also the United States, have proposed new quantities of weapons,” Onanga-Anyanga said. “It’s for a good reason.”

    Russia’s Ambassador to CAR Sergey Lebanov said earlier in September that a second shipment of Russian arms and ammunition was “in preparation,” and would be delivered once approved by the Security Council.

    Averting genocide
    The U.N. arms embargo was imposed in 2013 when the country descended into violence after President Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.

    At the height of the bloodshed in 2013, France warned that the country was on the verge of a genocide with reports of atrocities committed by roaming militias.

    In 2017, a similar warning came from then-U.N. aid chief Stephen O’Brien.

    The vote at the council comes as the latest round of peace talks between the government and armed militias stumbled in Khartoum over demands for an amnesty for rebels.

    It is the the eighth bid in six years to agree a lasting peace. The last attempt, in 2017, was forged with the help of the Catholic Church, but fighting resumed within a day, leaving 100 dead.

    The Sudan-hosted talks which opened last week are expected to continue for up to three weeks.

    The draft resolution also renews the mandate of a panel of experts who reported to the council last month that fighters of the former Seleka alliance had received fresh weapons supplies from traffickers in Sudan.

    The militia groups are re-arming to counter the deployment of the newly trained and equipped government troops to their areas of influence, the panel’s report said.

    Despite reserves of diamonds, gold, uranium, copper and iron, Central African Republic remains one of the world’s poorest countries.

    Fighting broke out between the Seleka, a coalition of mainly Muslim rebel groups, and the mainly Christian anti-balaka militia in 2012. A peace deal was singed in January 2013, but Seleka rebels captured the capital Bangui that March and ousted President Francois Bozize.

    Seleka was officially disbanded within months, but many fighters refused to disarm, becoming known as ex-Seleka. Many others joined the anti-balaka militia to fight the Seleka, leading to a spiral of violence between groups along religious and ethnic lines.

    By the end of 2014, CAR was de facto partitioned – anti-balaka in the southwest and ex-Seleka in the northeast.

    Elected in 2016, Touadera’s weak government controls around a fifth of the country and relies heavily on the U.N. peacekeeping mission, Minusca, for support. The rest is controlled by at least 14 different militia groups who often fight each other for revenue from extortion, roadblocks or mineral resources.

    Violence since 2012 led to thousands of deaths. Nearly 700,000 people are displaced, 570,000 have fled the country and 2.9 million – 63 percent of the population – are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the U.N.
     
  14. CENTRAL AFRICA: THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC RECEIVED HE MR CHEN DONG, AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

    http://lepotentielcentrafricain.com...at0SOL2n6bX_pSVWbdbxb1aAkbZ6Bgst0O7ZGFh7BbcGk

    Bangui, Jan. 31, 19

    The President of the Republic, His Excellency Faustin Archange Touadera received in audience early in the afternoon of January 29, 2019, His Excellency Chen Dong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Penitentiary of the People's Republic of China near the Central African Republic.

    The strengthening of bilateral cooperation between China and the Central African Republic was at the center of this meeting.
    Returning from China, His Excellency Chen Dong is carrying a message from the Chinese Government to His Excellency Faustin Archange Touadera.
    For the Chinese diplomat, this meeting with President Touadera made it possible to take stock of the various activities carried out in the Central African Republic in the framework of bilateral cooperation for the year 2018 as well as the projects on the agenda of the year 2019.

    The Chinese diplomat Chen Dong also said that during the China-Africa summit in Beijing, President Touadera has sought multiform support of China. These supports, he says, concern the education, agriculture and security sector. This meeting with President Touadera was an opportunity to plan the implementation of these various projects during this year.
     
  15. Teranga Gold finally updated their website, along with some maps. This one shows all the AXM royalty claims and permits very well: https://www.terangagold.com/exploration/senegal/regional-land-package/default.aspx

    Keep in mind that every area in Sounkounku and Bransan Lot-B has a 1.5% NSR for AXM. If you look at the 2017 43-101, there has been around 80,000m total of drilling, along with bulk sampling and work done on all the targets, more so on the stuff close to Gora.

    Targets 7,11,13,19,52 are all within 5km of Gora and with the infrastructure already there, makes sense to put them into production.
     
  16. Peace Deal Officially Signed By CAR Government & Rebel Groups

    https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-c...blic-rebel-groups-initial-peace-deal-60849833

    Central African Republic, rebel groups initial a peace deal
    Central African Republic, 14 rebel groups initial a peace deal after 5 years of fighting
    By The Associated PressCAIRO — 2h ago
    Central African Republic's government has initialed a peace deal with 14 armed groups following more than a week of talks in Sudan's capital.

    President Faustin Archange Touadera is attending Tuesday's ceremony in Khartoum along with his Sudanese counterpart, Omar al-Bashir, and a representative of the African Union.

    The agreement represents rare hope for the impoverished, landlocked nation where religious and communal fighting has continued since 2013. Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.

    Details of the peace deal have not been announced, but Sudan's state media have reported that it focuses on power-sharing and transitional justice.

    The United Nations has warned that the fighting in Central African Republic has carried a high risk of genocide. Scores of mosques have been burned. Religious leaders have been killed.
     
  17. Russia To Monitor Implementation Of Peace Deal In CAR - Ex-Seleka Leader

    https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/russia-to-monitor-implementation-of-peace-dea-546450.html

    Russia To Monitor Implementation Of Peace Deal In CAR - Ex-Seleka Leader

    Sumaira FH 5 hours ago Tue 05th February 2019 | 07:58 PM


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    Noureddine Adam, leader of a faction from the former Seleka - the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC) - told Sputnik Tuesday that Russia would monitor the implementation of the peace deal between the Central African Republic's (CAR) authorities and armed groups



    KHARTOUM (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 05th February, 2019) Noureddine Adam, leader of a faction from the former Seleka - the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC) - told Sputnik Tuesday that Russia would monitor the implementation of the peace deal between the Central African Republic's (CAR) authorities and armed groups.


    The CAR president and armed groups earlier in the day initialed the peace deal between government representatives and 14 armed groups at talks in Khartoum.

    "Russia will monitor the implementation of the agreement and will support the agreement's guarantor states," Adam said.

    He said the agreement included the formation of a united army and security forces.
     
  18. those looking for reliable up to date information about the CAR government, projects, info, etc, have a look at www.gouv.cf. It's in French, so you'll have to translate it via Chrome auto translate(or whatever browse you use) but there are tons and tons of projects going on that we don't even know about. Many of them are based around Chinese deals which bodes well for Axmin since we are majority Chinese owned. Below are some recent examples:

    CEREMONY OF THE SIGNATURE OF AN ACT OF COMMITMENT TO THE REALIZATION OF THE BOALI2 FALL WORKS MARKET BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CGGC GROUP - http://gouv.cf/actualite/112/ceremonie-de-la-signature-dun-acte-dengagement-de-realisation-du-marche-des-travaux

    CHINA CHINA COMMUNICATIONS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LTD (CCCC) AND THE NATIONAL MATERIALS BOARD (NOM) SIGN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT - https://www.gouv.cf/actualite/111/le-groupe-chinois-china-communications-construction-company-ltd-cccc-et-loffice

    THE CENTRAL AFRICAN AND CHINESE GOVERNMENT SIGN A DONATION AGREEMENT OF 2 BILLION FCFA OF HEALTH EQUIPMENT FOR THE HOSPITAL OF FRIENDSHIP - https://www.gouv.cf/actualite/70/le-gouvernement-centrafricain-et-chinois-signent-une-convention-de-don-2-milliards-de

    LAUNCH OF THE PROMOTION PROJECT FOR SMALL MODERN HYDROELECTRIC PLANTS IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - https://www.gouv.cf/actualite/69/lancement-du-projet-de-promotion-des-petites-centrales-hydroelectriques-modernes-en
     
  19. Details from Central African Republic rebel deal released
    https://wtop.com/africa/2019/02/details-from-central-african-republic-rebel-deal-released/
    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — An agreement signed by Central African Republic and 14 rebel groups earlier this week will see the dissolution of armed groups, the formation of an inclusive government and the creation of a fund for victims who have suffered in years of conflict, according to the accord seen Friday.


    The deal signed Wednesday is the eighth since the fighting began in 2013 but the first to emerge from direct dialogue. The 30-page peace pact, negotiated in Sudan and titled the Political Accord for Peace and Reconciliation, evokes four main points: victims, justice, peace and national reconciliation.


    The agreement says that armed groups will undertake to respect the legitimacy of the country’s institutions, and to renounce the use of arms and violence against the defense and security forces, U.N. personnel and humanitarian workers.


    They also agree to refrain from any act of destruction, occupation of public buildings, place of worship and violence against the civilian population, as well as acts of sexual or gender-based violence.

    In exchange, armed groups are able to create political parties.


    The government, meanwhile, will monitor the agreement and analyze the reintegration of the leaders of armed groups who formerly served as civil servants or military.


    The government is also committed to set up a Truth, Justice, Reparation and Reconciliation Commission within 90 days, cutting short the idea of amnesty long negotiated by armed group leaders.


    The signatories also undertake to set up mixed security units that will include elements of the defense and security forces as well as ex-combatants after training.


    This means that armed groups will dissolve their movement and help facilitate the return of the authority of the state and to participate in disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation within two months.


    Armed groups currently control around 80 percent of Central African Republic, and President Faustin Archange Touadera, in power since 2016, has struggled to stabilize the country as armed groups compete over lands rich in gold, diamonds and uranium.


    The major conflict in Central African Republic began in 2013 when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in Bangui. Largely Christian anti-Balaka militias fought back. Rebels continue to carry out deadly attacks on displaced people’s camps and other communities.


    The African Union, which oversaw the negotiations that began on Jan. 24 in Khartoum, has expressed optimism about the agreement.
     

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