Central African Republic rebels threaten new fight

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Posted: Mar 18, 2013 9:41 AM

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A coalition of rebel groups in Central African Republic is threatening to take up arms again if the government doesn't meet its demands.

The coalition, known as Seleka, signed a peace agreement with the government in January but already that accord is showing signs of strain.

Col. Sylvain Bordas, a Seleka spokesman, said Monday that "we will not hesitate to take up arms again" if their conditions are not met within 72 hours.

In December, the rebels swept through the northern half of the country, claiming control of a number of strategic towns across the country.

The deal signed two months ago allows President Francois Bozize to finish his term in office in 2016.

Last week, though, rebels seized control of two towns, threatening to undo the country's fragile peace.