The country has been plagued by interreligious and inter-communal conflict since 2013, when the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power, prompting reprisals from the anti-Balaka militia, many of whose fighters are nominally Christian.
Political crises have regularly rocked the country and tit-for-tat violence is on the rise again despite last year’s presidential election that was aimed at ending the bloodshed.
In two weeks in May, fighting between militia groups killed about 300 people and displaced 100,000, the worst bout of displacements since 2013.
Around 2.2 million people, about half the population, need humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations.
The five-page accord, which was signed for the government by Foreign Minister Charles Armel Doubane, calls for the free movement of non governmental organizations.
The armed militia that did not attend the Rome meetings was one of the smaller ones, the “Retour Reclamation et Rehabilitation” or 3R, Sant’ Egidio negotiators said.
They added that its absence was due to logistical problems and that the other signatories were confident that they would be able to convince the group to join the pact.

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