Central Africa Republic Rebels: We Could Take Capital

Monday, 07 Jan 2013 06:39 AM

 

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PARIS — A spokesman for Central African Republic rebels says the fighters could take the capital but are holding their fire out of concern for civilians.

Eric Massi told The Associated Press Monday in Paris that the rebels have several thousand armed fighters and the power to overrun the heavily fortified town of Damara.

International forces protecting President Francois Bozize's government have vowed to stop the rebel advance at Damara — 45 miles (75 kilometers) from the capital, Bangui.

But Massi said the rebels would halt their advance.

Massi says he is the rebels' only legitimate spokesman, but the rebel alliance is made up of four groups and others also claim to speak for it.

Rebel and government delegations are set to hold talks this week after a month of fighting.

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