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Central African Republic rebels agree to talks as troops from Chad block advance (PHOTOS)
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Central African Republic rebels halted their advance toward the nation's capital and agreed to talks on Wednesday.

The Seleka rebel fighters, who have captured large swathes of the country and threatened to oust President Francois Bozize, said they would not attack the capital city of Bangui, according to Reuters.

"I have asked our forces not to move their positions starting today because we want to enter talks in (Gabon's capital) Libreville for a political solution," the rebels' spokesman Eric Massi told Reuters.

Bozize's closest ally, Chadian President Idriss Deby, sent 400 troops to CAR, while another 360 soldiers were provided by Gabon, Congo Brazzaville and Cameroon, the Guardian reported. France maintains 250 troops in the country and said it would only deploy them to protect its embassy.

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A man stands as members of the ''Centrafrican Young Patriots'' block a road to prevent rebels from entering Bangui, on January 1, 2013. The death of a young Muslim man arrested for alleged links to rebels in the Central African Republic sparked clashes on January 1, 2013 in the capital that killed a policeman, a police source said. The unrest erupted as countries in the region sent reinforcements to protect the capital Bangui from rebels who control much of the country and are demanding the departure of President Francois Bozize.

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A convoy of Chadian soldiers part of the multinational African force FOMAC mans a position near Damara on January 2, 2013. The commander of multinational African force FOMAC on Wednesday warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

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A Chadian soldier smokes as he sits on an armoured vehcile of a convoy of Chadian soldiers part of the multinational African force FOMAC manning a position near Damara on January 2, 2013. The commander of multinational African force FOMAC on Wednesday warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

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Chadian soldiers, part of a convoy of the FOMAC multinational force of central African states, man a position near Damara on January 2, 2013. The commander of the multinational African force FOMAC warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

(SIA KAMBOU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Chadian soldiers, part of a convoy of the FOMAC multinational force of central African states, man a position near Damara on January 2, 2013. The commander of the multinational African force FOMAC warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

(SIA KAMBOU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Chadian soldiers, part of a convoy of the FOMAC multinational force of central African states, man a position near Damara on January 2, 2013. The commander of the multinational African force FOMAC warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

(SIA KAMBOU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Chadian soldiers, part of a convoy of the FOMAC multinational force of central African states, man a position near Damara on January 2, 2013. The commander of the multinational African force FOMAC warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

(SIA KAMBOU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Chadian soldiers, part of a convoy of the FOMAC multinational force of central African states, man a position near Damara on January 2, 2013. The commander of the multinational African force FOMAC warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

(SIA KAMBOU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Chadian soldiers, part of a convoy of the FOMAC multinational force of central African states, man a position near Damara on January 2, 2013. The commander of the multinational African force FOMAC warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

(SIA KAMBOU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Chadian soldiers, part of a convoy of the FOMAC multinational force of central African states, man a position near Damara on January 2, 2013. The commander of the multinational African force FOMAC warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

(SIA KAMBOU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Soldiers from the FOMAC multinational force of central African states man a position near Damara between the 'red line' separating regular army soldiers of the Central African Republic and rebels from the SELEKA coalition, on January 2, 2013. The commander of the multinational African force FOMAC warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

(SIA KAMBOU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Soldiers from the FOMAC multinational force of central African states man a position near Damara between the 'red line' separating regular army soldiers of the Central African Republic and rebels from the SELEKA coalition, on January 2, 2013. The commander of the multinational African force FOMAC warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would "amount to a declaration of war". Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui, after the rebels seized much of the country in a three-week advance that began in the north and has brought them to within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the capital, in the south.

(SIA KAMBOU - AFP/Getty Images)
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