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Emergency talks for Guinea junta in Burkina Faso

Captain Moussa Dadis Camara
Capt Moussa Dadis Camara was reportedly helped off the plane

Burkina Faso's president has held emergency talks with Guinea's injured junta leader Capt Moussa Dadis Camara and his deputy Sekouba Konate.

The discussions, held behind closed doors, were about the future role of Capt Camara following a failed assassination attempt last month.

He arrived in Burkina Faso on Tuesday from Morocco, where he was being treated for a bullet wound.

The opposition say they want Capt Camara out of politics for a while.

Gen Konate, who has been in charge for the last six weeks while the coup leader was receiving medical treatment in Rabat, has already opened talks with the opposition.

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BBC West Africa correspondent Caspar Leighton says he has made it clear that he wants to steer Guinea towards elections and has said the junta will accept an opposition prime minister.

Ba Ouri, deputy leader of the United Democratic Forces, told the BBC that "agitators" in Capt Camara's entourage were trying to use him to pursue their own interests.

Burkina Faso officials have said Capt Camara will recuperate in Ouagadougou, but did not explain why he has not returned to Guinea.

The country has been in turmoil since Capt Camara's December 2008 coup and international condemnation followed a crackdown by the security forces on pro-democracy protesters at a rally in September.

A recent UN report on the stadium massacre held Capt Camara responsible for the brutal suppression.

Rights groups say more than 150 people were killed when the military opened fire on protesters in Conakry on 28 September.

When Capt Camara led the coup hours after the death of long-time ruler Lansana Conte, he initially promised to guide the country back to civilian rule.

But he soon dropped hints that he would stand for president himself, which led to September's pro-democracy rally.

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