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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African presidency announced Sunday that is sending 400 army troops to Central African Republic to help the country’s army as it faces a threat from a coalition of rebel groups.
Sending soldiers to Central African Republic is part of South Africa’s efforts “to bring about peace and stability in the region,” said the announcement by President Jacob Zuma’s office.
Central African Republic’s neighboring countries Cameroon, Gabon and Republic of Congo already have sent about 120 troops each to help stabilize the country confronted by rebellion.
Chad, a longtime ally of President Francois Bozize’s government, also has provided hundreds of forces who are fortifying the road to the capital, Bangui, to prevent rebels from reaching the seat of power, a city of 700,000.
The South African National Defense Force troops will “assist with capacity building of the CAR Defense Force and will also assist CAR with the planning and implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration processes” to deal with the country’s rebels, Mr. Zuma’s statement statement.
The rebels had pledged to halt their advance pending peace talks in Gabon that are due to start Tuesday. However, residents say rebels seized two more towns over the weekend, though they are not en route to the capital.
A dozen towns have come under rebel control since the rebel alliance calling itself Seleka began its offensive on Dec. 10.
Negotiations between the rebels and the Bozize government are set to begin in the nearby country of Gabon on Tuesday.
• Associated Press writer Krista Larson contributed to this article from Bangui.
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