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CAR: Former rebels' disarmament program begins

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Having sent 31 observers in various regions, the application of the disarmament and reintegration program for rebels begins today. "Agence Centrafrique Presse" writes that the start of the program came after a meeting yesterday in Bangui between the minister Cyriaque Gonda, head of national reconciliation and the special envoy heading the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Victor Angelo, Ciad (MINURCAT). During the talk, the importance of the program, along with national elections next April as a "key element in the path toward peace" was indicated". Angelo said that the most unstable regions remain the eastern and northeastern ones at the border with Chad, as confirmed by the recent clashes in the city of Ndélé between army units and the militants of the so-called "Convention for Patriots for Justice and Peace". According to the government, the disarmament will involve over 6000 former guerilla fighters in at least five of the 14 districts of the country. To put down weapons will also have to be the APRD rebels, yet another self professed rebel group, which last year joined the national unity executive.