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The talks which began in Khartoum today between the Central African government and the armed groups are a positive step towards concluding a peace agreement. They are taking place within the framework of the African Initiative, under the auspices of the African Union and the leadership of President of the Republic Faustin Archange Touadéra, with the support of the UN and the countries and organisations of the region. In this regard, the European Union commends the personal engagement of the African Union's Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui.
All those involved must work to ensure that the peace agreement meets the legitimate aspirations of the people of the Central African Republic, in particular as regards security, justice, reconciliation and inclusiveness, and in compliance with the country's constitution. Those demands were notably expressed at the Bangui Forum in 2015. In this context, the European Union gives its full support to the African Initiative and President Touadéra.
Through the diversified support which it provides, the European Union will continue to work resolutely alongside the Central African people and authorities to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation, inclusive development and a strengthened state in the Central African Republic.