French diplomatic sources played down the threat, saying the focus was on securing a ceasefire before any political process could begin. [ID:nL6N0PM3X2] A French diplomat said the sanctions against leaders – Adam is also under U.N. sanctions – would complicate talks but, after months of not knowing who was in charge, it was important to identify the key players in the groups. Djotodia and Adam would return to the capital Bangui once there were guarantees they would not be arrested, Narkoyo said. In the meantime, he said, they would be represented by other officials. Seleka will demand at the Brazzaville talks that the conditions of the January agreement that saw Djotodia step down be fully implemented, Narkoyo added. These include the group being handed key jobs, including the defense, interior and mines ministries, he said. There are now 2,000 French troops working alongside 6,000 African peacekeepers in the former French colony, which is rich in diamonds and gold but has seen little but internal strife and the spillover of regional conflicts since independence.
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