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Libya Hosts Summit to Calm Chad-Sudan Tension


Libya has convened a mini-summit of African leaders in a bid to ease tension between Chad and Sudan.

The heads of six African nations, including Sudan's Omar al-Bashir and Chad's Idriss Deby, gathered in Tripoli Wednesday for the scheduled one-day summit.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said the root of the tension was the situation in Sudan's Darfur region, where Sudanese government forces and Arab militias have been fighting local rebel groups.

Sudan accuses Chad of harboring the rebels, while Chad accuses Sudan of backing Chadian rebels opposed to President Deby.

Mr. Gadhafi called on leaders to resolve the Darfur crisis, saying without it, African nations open themselves up to foreign interference.

The leaders of the Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, and the Central African Republic are also attending the meeting.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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