C. African Republic rebels reject president offers

AP News
Posted: Mar 21, 2013 11:23 AM

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Rebels in Central African Republic are vowing to take up arms again despite recent concessions made by the country's president in a bid to stay in power.

The rebels had set a Wednesday deadline for President Francois Bozize's government to address their grievances.

An alliance of rebel groups signed a peace agreement with the government in January after threatening to march on the capital of Bangui.

In a presidential decree read late Wednesday, Bozize agreed to lift a curfew and release political prisoners.

But rebel spokesman Col. Sylvain Oumar Bordas says the president's actions are too little too late. Bordas says the rebel leaders are now discussing their next steps.