Three-way peace talks between the Central African government, a rebel coalition that conquered much of the country over the past month and the political opposition began Wednesday in Gabon, according to a report.

AFP reported that the peace talks, brokered by regional bloc ECCAS, are due to focus on renegotiating peace agreements signed by Bangui since 2007 which rebels say have been violated, prompting them to unite and launch a major offensive last month.