Members of the Movement for the Democratic Forces of Casamance met with the Senegalese authorities in Cape Verde last week.
Representatives of the Senegalese state and the independence rebellion in the Casamance state (south) met in Cape Verde last week, the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Center for Humanitarian Dialogue said in a statement.
He said that the government delegation and the delegation of the Interim Committee of the Interim Committee for the Unification of Politics and Combat of the Democratic Forces Movement of Casamance held a meeting from April 8th to 9th in Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. An institution that specializes in mediating armed conflicts. This is the first public meeting between Senegal and the Independence Rebellion since it took place in Rome in October 2017.
The statement did not specify which branches of the MFDC, divided into rival political and military factions, participated in these discussions, nor did it specify the branch headed by Salif Sadio, the most radical leader of the rebellion.
Implement “As part of the search for peace”, The meeting produced a joint statement that defined “Should guide the axis of negotiation”. among them, “Solemnly declare the willingness of the two parties to resolve the Casamance conflict through dialogue”.
Isolated from most other parts of Senegal in the Gambia, Casamance is the oldest place of conflict in Africa. The weapon brought the bushes there.
After claiming thousands of lives and destroying the economy, the conflict continued to develop slowly and tensions surged. Despite the mine clearance operations, landmines buried by soldiers or rebels continue to take the lives of victims, civilians or combatants.
The Senegalese army began operations at the end of January to ensure the return of displaced persons, respond to the abuse of civilians by the MFDC, and stop the trafficking of timber or marijuana. She announced that she had taken over at least three rebel bases.
Peace negotiations due to difficulties within the MFDC’s internal departments were restarted after President Macky Sall came to power in 2012. But they did not reach a final agreement.