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Central Africa President offers talks as sectarian violence mounts

Published on Dec 15, 2013 8:09 AM

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AFP) - The Central African Republic's President offered on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013, to hold talks with Christian militia groups in efforts to end spiralling sectarian violence that has killed hundreds of people in a week.

Mr Michel Djotodia, who became the majority Christian country's first Muslim leader in a March coup, told Radio France Internationale that he was ready to "extend his hand" and "talk" to militia groups.

The talks would address issues including an amnesty for the groups' role in the unrest and giving them posts in his transitional government.

"They are not enemies. They are our brothers," Mr Djotodia said.

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