African force warns CAR rebels
02 January 2013, 16:43
Bangui - The commander of the regional African force Fomac on Wednesday warned rebels in the Central African Republic against any attempt to take Damara, the last strategic town between them and the country's capital Bangui.
"Let it be clear, we will not give up Damara," said General Jean-Felix Akaga.
"If the rebels attack Damara that would amount to a declaration of war and would mean that they have decided to engage the 10 central African states," he told reporters in Bangui.
"I honestly don't think they will go that far."
Akaga said Bangui was well secured by Fomac troops and reiterated that Damara remained the last key government-controlled town before the capital located 75km away.
"The red line is Damara," he said.
The rebels, who began their campaign a month ago and have taken several key towns and cities, have accused Central African Republic leader Francois Bozize of failing to honour a 2007 peace deal.