So far so good: Peace accord in Central Africa

Children displaced by the fighting in the Central African Republic in 2011 attend an open-air class. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees had called for immediate access to displaced civilians and refugees in the country. Photo by: D. Mbaiorem / UNHCR

Cautious optimism in the Central African Republic: Its government has reportedly reached a peace agreement with rebel forces that have, for the past month, terrorized the country, leading to an exodus of aid workers.

CAR officials met on Friday in Libreville, Gabon, with political opponents, civil society and reprensentatives from the Séléka coalition of rebel groups. Shortly thereafter, the United Nations praised attendees for reaching a ceasefire and peace accord.

Just days earlier, the U.N. refugee agency had called for immediate access to refugees and displaced civilians, and a U.N. envoy urged the international community to engage more forcefully, both diplomatically and financially, to pull the CAR from the brink.

Aid groups are expected to monitor the situation closely before deciding whether to redeploy staff and amp up the delivery of aid.

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