The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) has said it is in talks with Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony with the aim of his surrender. A CAR government spokesman told the BBC that Kony was in the country but wanted his security to be guaranteed before giving himself up.

Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. The US has offered up to $5m (£3.3m) for leads resulting in his arrest.

His rebellion began in northern Uganda more than 20 years ago and his fighters became notorious for abducting children to serve as sex slaves and fighters. The LRA was forced out of Uganda in 2005 and since then has wreaked havoc in CAR, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was on the verge of signing a peace deal in 2008 but insisted that the ICC first drop its arrest warrant, which it refused to do.