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Tuesday, 10 April, 2001, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
First Lusophone summit in nine years

Heads of state from the five Portugese-speaking -- or Lusophone -- countries in Africa are beginning their first summit since 1992 in the Angolan capital, Luanda.

Ahead of the meeting, the Angolan foreign minister, Joao Miranda, said a key task would be to improve the cultural links between the five -- Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Sao-Tome and Cape Verde.

During the summit, the heads of state are expected to approve a mechanism for holding such meetings more regularly.

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