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Sassou-Nguesso rules out talks with “criminals”

Congo-Brazzaville President Denis Sassou-Nguesso has ruled out reconciliation with politicians behind the recent clashes in the capital, state radio reported on Sunday. Government spokesman Francois Ibovi told the radio that dialogue would not take place with former president Pascal Lissouba and prime minister Bernard Kolelas. A reconciliation appeal made at the end of the civil war last year, should “not be mistaken for any negotiation with criminals who plundered the country”, he said.

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