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South African President Jacob Zuma deploys 400 troops to Central African Republic

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Government security forces in a pickup truck drive past a demonstration held by several hundred merchants calling for peace as negotiators prepare for talks with rebels from the north, in downtown Bangui, Central African Republic Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. The U.N. Security Council urged rebels in the Central African Republic on Friday to halt their military offensive, withdraw from cities they have seized, and take part in negotiations to find a political solution to the impoverished country's longstanding problems. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) (The Associated Press)

South African President Jacob Zuma says his government is sending 400 army troops to the Central African Republic.

Zuma's office issued a statement Sunday saying that the deployment of the soldiers is part of South Africa's international obligation to the Central African Republic.

Zuma's office said the South African National Defense Force troops will help build the capacity of the CAR army and will also assist with the planning and implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration of rebel groups.

Zuma's statement said that sending soldiers to Central African Republic is part of South Africa's efforts "to bring about peace and stability in the region."

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