CAR president - resignation not on

2013-01-08 20:25
President of the Central African Republic Francois Bozize at the presidential palace in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Ben Curtis, AP)

President of the Central African Republic Francois Bozize at the presidential palace in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Ben Curtis, AP)

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Bangui - The Central African Republic's President Francois Bozize refused on Tuesday to discuss resigning at upcoming peace talks with rebels who have stormed across the country and seized several key towns.

"I don't need to negotiate [my departure]. Does the rebellion represent the Central African people? I don't need to negotiate the position of head of state," he said in response to a question at a press conference in the capital Bangui on whether he was prepared to accept rebel demands.

"These are terrorist mercenaries," he added.

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