A body representing Christian anti-balaka militia on Thursday called for dialogue with other ethnic groups in the Central African Republic to help bloodshed in the restive country.
At a press conference in the capital Bangui, the executive committee of anti-balaka called on the interim government to include all anti-balaka groups into one body.
It called on the international community and the interim government to secure their food needs and medical care until a disarmament program is activated.
Muslim seleka militia leader, Gen. Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, welcomed the call, saying “Any initiative for peace in the Central African Republic is welcomed”.
“Peace has always been a top priority for us,” he added.
Dhaffane said he is ready to join the dialogue initiative by the anti-balaka militia, reiterating his opposition to violence committed by members of the seleka and anti-balaka militias.
“I will abide by any initiative for peace in order to create a favorable atmosphere for the return of displaced people to their homes,” Dhaffane said.
“This is why it is necessary for us to achieve national reconciliation to pave the way for election,” he added.