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New bid to end Ivorian deadlock

West African leaders are meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to discuss the stalled peace process in Ivory Coast. The summit is being attended by Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, and by the presidents of Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo and Benin. It is hoped the summit will clear the air between Mr Gbagbo and some of his neighbours with whom he has fallen out. Ivory Coast’s transitional prime minister is also there, but rebels who left the cabinet last month, are not. The main rebel group, the New Forces, suspended their participation in the power-sharing government in September, accusing Mr Gbagbo of failing to honour the peace agreement. The leaders of Togo, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast have all traded accusations of providing political support for each other’s opponents. Full Story

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