A peace deal between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and 14 rebel groups has been struck after talks in Sudan, officials say. The deal was announced by the UN mission in CAR, known as Minusca, and the African Union (AU), which both sponsored the talks in Khartoum. “This is a great day for Central African Republic and all its people,” said AU commissioner Smail Chergui. The government said the peace deal would be signed in Bangui soon. Details of the agreement have not been released and analysts caution that previous peace deals have all collapsed. I have to say having a name like Smail Chergui has to make people sit up and listen!
On the other hand, the US and Russia say they are getting rid of a nuclear arms treaty signed in 1987 banning intermediate range missiles. So, unless this is reversed in the next six months, we will be in a new chapter of the new cold war. That does not take us in the direction of peace. It also comes as the US has begun building its first long-range nuclear weapons since 1991, a move that other nations are citing to justify their own nuclear modernization efforts.
So, one piece of good news, and one piece of bad news. Are you ready for the new cold war? Are you ready to duck and cover?