CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Government Soldiers Killed by Rebels in North-Western Region

Published on 11 December 2008

On 11 November, at least 13 government soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush in Sido, at 30 km from the Chadian border. The Popular Army for the Restoration of the Republic and Democracy (APRD) denied any involvement in the attack, which was reportedly conducted by rebels from the Democratic Front (FDPC), according to the defence ministry spokesman General Guillaume Lapo.
This attack represents a serious development highlighting the persistent insecurity in northern and eastern regions and shows fragility of the ceasefire agreement. The general amnesty law, seen as a major step in the CAR peace process, has recently received objections from the rebel groups regarding its scope. In this regard, the completion Inclusive Political Dialogue due to be held in Bangui from 05 to 22 December after repeated postponements will be critical.