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West African Leaders to Discuss Effort to End Ivory Coast Rebellion

West African heads of state and ministers are due to meet in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, to discuss efforts to end a month-long insurrection in the country.

The meeting brings together leaders and ministers of six West African nations: Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo.

The aim of Wednesday's meeting is to choose a mediator who will bring rebels and Ivory Coast government officials together for face-to-face peace negotiations.

Last week, the six-nation contact group succeeded in getting both sides to agree to a cease-fire that has largely held.

Discussions will also touch on plans for the deployment of West African cease-fire monitors.

Rebels, who launched their attacks on September 19, continue to hold a large segment of the center and north of Ivory Coast.