By Elias Gebreselassie

The Central African Republic (CAR) government and 14 armed groups have reached an agreement to a form an all-inclusive government, the African Union (AU) said in a statement.

The agreement was reached at the end of three days of negotiations between the CAR government and 14 armed groups held at the AU Commission’s headquarter in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

“The signatories of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in CAR have met to evaluate the implementation of a prior agreement. At the end of three days consultations, a consensus was found on strengthening the inclusiveness of the government” said the AU statement.

In February, the conflicting parties of CAR signed a peace agreement in Sudanese capital, Khartoum in a bid to end six years of internal strife.

“The AU, UN and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) emphasize their support for the new inclusive government and urge all stakeholders to devote themselves to full implementation of the peace process” further said the statement.

Since 2013, the CAR has been suffering from a conflict after the Muslim-majority Seleka armed opposition seized power, which led to reprisal operations by the Anti-Balaka militia group said to be composed primarily of Christians.