Supporters of the Front Démocratique du Peuple Centrafricain (FDPC) have reportedly allowed some commercial traffic through the Béloko border crossing as of Wednesday, March 13, after blocking cargo originating from Cameroon. FDPC supporters armed with assault rifles and rocket launchers set up roadblocks along the Cameroon border beginning on March 3 to impede commercial traffic into CAR after they alleged the central government failed to include the group in the newly formed government. UN forces deployed to the area were reportedly unable to reopen the road at Béloko. In a statement by the group's leader Abdoulaye Miskine, FDPC rebels will continue to block cross-border traffic until Monday, March 18. A heightened security presence and continued disruptions to cross-border movement are likely in the coming days and weeks.
The Front Démocratique du Peuple Centrafricain (FDPC), a former ex-Séléka rebel group that signed the peace deal in Khartoum and pledged to reform itself into a political party, alleges President Faustin Touadéra failed to include them in the new cabinet. Only six of the 14 armed rebel groups are represented in Touadéra's new cabinet.
Individuals in Béloko are advised to monitor the situation, prepare for longer wait times at the border crossing, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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