CAR soldier in Bangui
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Central African Republic rebels halt advance on Bangui

Rebel forces in the Central African Republic say they have halted their offensive on the capital, Bangui, and will take part in peace talks.

The announcement from the Seleka rebels comes as the country's neighbours say they are sending in extra troops.

Gabon deployed 120 troops on Tuesday and Cameroon was expected to send a similar number.

The president of Central African Republic, Francois Bozize has sacked the defence minister, who is his son, and the army chief of staff for failing to stop the rebel advance.

Richard Forrest reports.

  • 03 Jan 2013
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