US embassy suspends operations in Central African Republic

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. embassy in the Central African Republic has suspended operations as the country’s government prepared for negotiations with rebels that have overtaken at least 10 towns this month.

Ambassador Laurence Wohlers and his diplomatic team left the country Thursday, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement on its website. A warning was also issued to U.S. citizens against all travel in the country, where the government is trying to fend off attacks by the insurgent groups that accuse President Francois Bozize of failing to implement a peace accord.

Rebel forces want the terms of the four-year-old, so-called Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement re-negotiated and oppose plans by Bozize to seek a third term in office. Talks between representatives of the fighters and the CAR government may be held today

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