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US Closes Embassy in CAR, Evacuates Staff

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The United States has temporarily shut down its embassy in the Central African Republic and evacuated the staff, because of a rebel threat to topple the government.

A State Department spokesman Thursday said Washington is urging all parties to begin peace talks to offer a new vision of security for the country. He said U.S. diplomatic relations with the C.A.R. are not affected.

The United Nations already has evacuated non-essential staff from the country because of the threat of violence.

Rebel fighters are about 300 kilometers from the capital, Bangui. They have said they have no plans to seize the city, but say they will not wait around if government forces make any moves against them.

The rebel coalition called Seleka has captured 10 towns since launching its offensive two weeks ago. It has threatened to overthrow President Francois Bozize, accusing him of failing to implement a 2007 peace accord that ended an earlier rebellion.

The C.A.R. won independence from France in 1960. About 250 French troops are in the country as part of a peacekeeping mission. Some in the C.A.R. want France to do more to counter the rebel threat.

French President Francois Hollande says France is in the C.A.R. to protect its interests and nationals, not to intervene in the country's business.

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by: Diamonds
December 27, 2012 10:56 PM
Sadly Africa has a bad record of such conflicts, Congo,Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Zimbabwe to mention a few. In many instances these Countries were abandoned by the West for reasons best known to themselves, resulting in ongoing conflicts and numerous loss of lives.
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by: patriote from: USA
December 29, 2012 10:22 PM
When rebels advance closer to Bangui the capital of Central African Republic our country, everybody focus on talking about how the general BOZIZE’s regime hurts the country and nobody, I say nobody – through different articles I came across on internet – is wondering what’s the becoming of the country if the regime of François BOZIZE which is qualified to be democratic by some and pseudo democratic by others, was overthrown by this group of people with unknown origin. The purpose her is neither to debate about the politic beliefs of some compared with that of others nor to heap opprobrium on a politic party or regime but to give a chance to Central Africans of here and there to think about important matters regarding their country, coming up at this time, before making the decision to support a group according to their understanding. There are more questions than I can list but I’m gonna write some down; please, feel free to complete the list.
1- How long will this wounded country try to recover for the nth time after this unfortunate invasion?
2- What consequences for the economy of our country?
3- What’s the real interest of this rebellion for our country? I think by the way that the SPONSORS and authors know more about this point than Central African people do.
4- United States of America has shut down its embassy in Central African Republic and evacuated the staff; what consequences for our country?
5- What investor can endorse the risk of investing in CAR as long as we do not change our mentality? We are the most easy to trick people in the world, transforming our county to a doormat so that dealer of I don’t know what have cleaned feet when they are in. The instability is the first reason of non investment in our country and people don’t need bunch of graduations to understand it. Even people born in CAR living abroad spend time to think about it when it comes to buy a land or construct in CAR. What shame it is!
There are more questions than I can list as stated obove and I’m not an expert so, feel free to complete.
What I desire the most is that the time when destructive and selfish behavior of using weapons to accomplish scatterbrain ambitions to the detriment of the interest of Central African people that nobody cares about comes to end in CAR. A basic Central African as me needs it to be positive when it comes to talk about the country he loves and wants peace in it.
If there is an undemocratic regime in the country, why not thinking about a democratically legal way of ending it? My opinion is that sometimes, we simply forget that we have a brain we can use.
I love peace in my country, I’m planning to invest and live in it one day. Do not destroy it if you have some humanism!
Please respect the others while debating.

http://www.facebook.com/avelin.stronger

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