Ali Darassa, the self-proclaimed Central African Republic rebel general, says he has put 200 of his combatants of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) rebel movement at the disposal of the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Committee and the Special Mixed Security Units (SMSU).
In a communiqué made public on Wednesday, Darrassa revealed that 100 of his fighters had been sent to the DDR in Bria and another 100 others to Bambari.
“Army General Ali Darrassa Mahamat recently visited the towns of Ngakobo, Alindao, Maloum, Ippy, Boursou and Bria to ensure the adhesion without fail of elements of the UPC to the DDR and USMS process in order to guarantee the security of the transhumance passages and to continue advancing towards solutions to durable peace,” Darrassa declared.
He called on the SMSU and DDR committee to go to Bambari to count the fighters with a view to proceed to the next stage by going to Zemio, Mboki and Bambouti in the Southeast region.
“I equally call on all the armed groups in the East region to do the same thing with their elements in order to finally work within the context of the Political Accord for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic (PAPR-CAR), especially on the approach of a sensible elections period,” Darrassa added.
He called “on the guarantors and facilitators of the Peace Accord to ensure the realisation of the operations of the follow-up committee while encouraging dialogue among the parties which are signatories to PAPR-CAR accord before the elections as demanded on several occasions by many of the parties in accordance with Article 34 of the said Accord”.
“The military coordinator and Chief of Staff of the UPC, Army General Ali Darrassa Mahamat thanks in advance, the committee for supporting the initiatives mentioned in order to put all on the side of peace and reconciliation,” he concluded.