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Francophone Summit to Focus on Ivory Coast


Heads of state from French-speaking nations are gathering in the west African nation of Burkina Faso for a two-day summit to discuss the crisis in Ivory Coast.

Leaders of some world hotspots: Sudan, Haiti, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo - top the guest list. However, Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is not expected to attend.

French President Jacques Chirac is expected to press delegates to renew a call for peace in Ivory Coast, after the government raided rebel bases this month, shattering an 18-month truce.

The raids killed nine members of a French peacekeeping force, which responded by destroying Ivorian warplanes.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.