Le Monde: Yevgeny Prigozhin was at a meeting of leaders of armed groups Central African Republic

Le Monde: Yevgeny Prigozhin was at a meeting of leaders of armed groups Central African Republic

Negotiations leaders of the Central African groups took place with the mediation of Moscow, reported the Russian foreign Ministry.


Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who the media called “Putin’s cook”, August 27-28 was in the Sudanese capital Khartoum at a meeting of leaders of armed groups from the Central African Republic (CAR). It is reported by the newspaper Le Monde, citing two unnamed participants of this event.

Yevgeny Prigozhin arrived for a meeting on his private jet, sources told the publication.

On the website of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia has reported the negotiations in Khartoum. The theme of the meeting, according to the report, the Russian foreign Ministry, became “the way of unblocking the internal conflict in the Central African Republic between the leaders of the major armed groups, including the organization, formerly the Alliance “Seleka” and “Antibalas”.

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“At the meeting signed the Khartoum Declaration, which declared the creation of the Central African Union opposition in order to achieve lasting and sustainable peace in the Central African Republic. The document contains a commitment to respect human rights, ensure free and safe movement of humanitarian and other representatives of non-governmental organizations throughout the country”, — reported in Department. The document also expressed appreciation to Russia, “thanks to the mediation of which it became possible to conduct the Khartoum meetings.”

The Ministry also added that on August 29 from Khartoum to the capital of the CAR Bangui has arrived the special representative of the Ministry, the Ambassador-at-large Konstantin Shuvalov. “He [the Minister] was received by President SAM F.-A. Toader, who expressed gratitude to the leadership of the Russian Federation for the work”, — said the Russian foreign Ministry. Le Monde calls Konstantin Shuvalov, a former employee of the Leningrad KGB, writes “Novaya Gazeta”. In the French edition, note that by 2017 the adviser to the head of the Central African Republic on national security was held by the representative of France.