Mali conflict dominates African Union summit
27 January 2013 Last updated at 08:23 GMT
African Union leaders are meeting to discuss the conflict in Mali, as members move to deploy troops to help the French-led operation there.
African states have pledged 7,700 troops to support French and Malian forces in their campaign against Islamist militants in northern Mali.
Only a small part of the African force has so far deployed.
French-led troops have retaken several towns since France intervened two weeks ago, and on Saturday they captured Gao. Tim Neilson reports.