C. Africa peace hopes hit as rebels 'unaware' of talks
AFPPARIS -- Hopes of a negotiated settlement to the crisis in the Central African Republic suffered a setback Friday when rebels said they had not been informed about peace talks supposed to be taking place next week.
January 5, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Regional grouping the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) is hoping to host peace talks involving the rebels and the government of President Francois Bozize in Gabon from Tuesday.
But Eric Massi, a spokesman for the rebels, said from Paris that they had not been informed about the initiative.
“I'm not aware of that. This is the first I've heard of it. It's incredible,” Massi told AFP.
His comments contradicted claims by CEEAC officials that the rebels had agreed to talks in Libreville from Tuesday.