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Bemba to Withdraw Forces

The leader of the Mouvement de liberation du Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, announced on Tuesday he would withdraw his troops from the Central African Republic (CAR) in February. “We will withdraw our troops from Bangui on 15 February at the latest,” he told IRIN from his headquarters in Gbadolite, a town in Equateur Province in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The decision to pull out his 15,000 troops, he said, was taken after consultations with CAR President Ange-Felix Patasse. Bemba’s fighters have been in Bangui since supporters of CAR former army chief of staff Francois Bozize invaded the CAR capital on 25 October 2002. Patassee had asked Bemba for help to put down the uprising. Full Story

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