Nov. 30 - Central African Republic interim leader Michel Djotodia denies his country is on the brink of a genocide and an all out inter-religious war. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Nevermind the burnt out houses or the Cathedral ground that's become a refugee camp. The transitional leader in Central African Republic Michel Djotodia is asking: what crisis? Denying European assertions that the country is on the brink of genocide. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC TRANSITIONAL LEADER, MICHEL DJOTODIA, SAYING: "I don't think there's a genocide, there's not even a religious war, all of this is made up, it's to manipulate, to manipulate the opinion of the international community." The country at the heart of Africa has been gripped by violence since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian country in March. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC TRANSITIONAL LEADER, MICHEL DJOTODIA, SAYING: "The big problem is with the former regime, which is still trying to fuel the rebellion here, under the name of Balaka. There you are. They are the ones we should pay more attention to, they are killing right now, they are killing. They want to create a religious war by all means possible." Some 460,000 people, a tenth of the population, have fled the sectarian violence. France is preparing to boost its force in its former colony to at least 1,000 soldiers to improve security until an African Union force is operational.