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Sahel summit

The Community of Sahel and Saharan States (COMESSA) this week barred the Niger government from a summit meeting in Sirte, eastern Libya, following the assassination of President Ibrahim Bare Mainassara in a military coup last Friday. News organisations said the Libyan leader, Moammar Kadhafi, who chaired the summit which opened on Wednesday, called for a minute's silence in memory of Mainassara. The COMESSA summit meeting is being attended by Presidents Alpha Omar Konare of Mali, Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, Alpha Omar Konare of Mali, Omar Bashir of Sudan and Idriss Derby of Chad with Presidents Ange-Felix Patasse of Central African Republic and Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea present as observers.

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