Central African rebels call for calm

2013-03-22 19:50
Demonstrators hold a placard reading "We want peace and the development of our country, we refuse war" at the airport in Bangui. (Picture: AFP)

Demonstrators hold a placard reading "We want peace and the development of our country, we refuse war" at the airport in Bangui. (Picture: AFP)

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Libreville - Central Africa's Seleka rebels on Friday called for calm as their troops headed toward the capital Bangui after storming through a key checkpoint.

"We call on everyone, both civilians and the military, to remain calm ahead of our troops' arrival in Bangui, to avoid unnecessary fighting," rebel spokesperson Eric Massi told AFP from Paris.

Earlier the rebels were reported to have stormed through a key checkpoint 75km north of the capital that was manned by an international force.

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