Following the appointment of Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal as the OIC Special Envoy for the Central African Republic by His Excellency Iyad Ameen Madani, OIC Secretary General, Special Envoy Dr. Gadio visited Bangui twice and established contacts with all stakeholders and parties in order to bring an immediate end to violence and displacement of population in CAR. OIC Special Envoy has intensified his efforts to finalize the signing of “cessation of hostilities agreement” by all parties.
On the other hand, OIC Permanent Observer to the UN in New York, Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, visited Bangui from 7-11 April 2014, within the framework of an action initiated within the core supporters of the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, as well as to give support an effort of peace by three US religious leaders.
A senior American delegation of religious leaders composed of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, DC, USA, Pastor Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals of the USA and Imam Mohamed Magid, President of the Islamic Society of North America traveled to Bangui on April 8, upon the request of the CAR Interfaith Platform. The religious leaders of the CAR had built a Platform of Religious Leaders to bring the positive contribution of the inter-faith cooperation into national peace building and reconciliation.
The initiative created encouragement for the signing of a historic Final Communique by the representatives of the key parties to the conflict-Seleka and anti-Balaka, the Transitional Government and the Platform of Religions of Central Africa; Dieudonne Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, Imam Omar Kobine Layama, President of the Islamic Community of the Central Africa, and Pastor Nicolas Guerekoyame-Gbangou, National Evangelic Association, on 8 April 2014.
The document renounces violence, welcomes the role of domestic religious leaders, encourages inter-communal and interfaith dialogue and urges the Transitional Authorities to implement an inclusive national dialogue between all political, social and religious parties in the country.
Visiting US religious leaders, US Special Envoy to the OIC Rashad Hussain, as well as RfP International Secretary General, Dr. William F. Vendley, the African Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL-RfP) Secretary General, Dr. Francis Kuria and Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen also signed the document as international witnesses.
The core group of the Network were able to meet with the UN Deputy Special Representative to CAR Mr. Georg Charpentier and the OIC Special Envoy for CAR, Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio in Bangui. Ambassador Gokcen and Dr. Mohamed ElSanousi from ISNA were also able to visit the Central Mosque of Bangui at km 5, twice to have dialogue with the members of the Muslim community there, while the Finn Church Aid team conducted for two full days consultations and brainstorming with the civil society actors to prepare actors mapping and a matrix of proposed actions.