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Vol 56 No 4

Published 20th February 2015

Central African Republic

The friendless mediator

An angry UN has asked Sassou to end the peace talks in Nairobi but has few better ideas about achieving reconciliation

It's been a bad year for Congo-Brazzaville President Denis Sassou-Nguesso. He is official mediator in the Central African Republic conflict for the Communauté économique des états de l'Afrique centrale. Sassou was already under fire for wanting a third term as elected President to add to his 13 years as unelected head of state (AC Vol 55 No 19). Now, he is shunned by former allies in the West and admonished by the United Nations for the failures of the CEEAC-sponsored peace talks in Nairobi between CAR's Séléka and Anti-Balaka militias.

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