AU chairman visits Central African Republic to help end crisis   2012-12-31 15:55:04            

YAOUNDE, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- While visiting Bangui on Sunday where he met with his Central African Republic's counterpart Francois Bozize, Benin's President Boni Yayi, who is also the African Union (AU) chairman, appealed for a cessation of hostilities between the government and the rebels.

While speaking to Xinhua on phone from Bangui, the Central African Republic's Territorial Administration Minister Josue Binoua said that his country's president has reiterated his desire to end the crisis through dialogue.

"President Bozize has promised that after the dialogue with the rebels, he was ready to form a government of national unity," Binoua added.

Despite the offer for dialogue, the minister who refused to comment on the final statements from the two leaders, continued to appeal to the Seleka coalition of rebels to end their threats to overthrow Bozize's government.

He accused the rebels of destroying socioeconomic infrastructure and looting the country's natural resources.

Binoua said that the country's only sugar factory that is situated some 30 km from Bambari, a town under the occupation of the rebels, was looted. "There will be no sugar in the country," he said.

"If indeed these rebels are Central African Republic's citizens and if they love the country, they should end the fighting," he said.

Through the initiative of the leaders of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) which is comprised of the Central African Republic, Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and Sao Tome et Principe, talks have been planned to take place in Libreville on an unconfirmed date.

Binoua rejected allegations that president Bozize wanted to amend the Constitution so that he can contest during the 2016 presidential elections. During a press conference held earlier in the day with Yayi, Bozize announced that he will not be a candidate during the 2016 elections and promised to go to Libreville in Gabon to hold talks with the rebels.

Editor: Yang Lina
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