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Summit focuses on future of C. African Republic as president comes under growing pressure

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    Children walk past a makeshift shelter, inside an informal camp housing an estimated 100,000 displaced people, at Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Food and supplies distribution by the World Food Program and the United Nations Refugee Agency began Tuesday and was expected to last 10 days. It is the first aid delivery to reach the camp since Dec. 15, and many families were lacking food or even rudimentary shelter from the harsh daytime sun and chilly nights. Residents were receiving supplies including rice, cooking oil, tarps, mats, and blankets. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (The Associated Press)

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    A boy carries bags of corn meal to sell, inside an informal camp housing an estimated 100,000 displaced people, at Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Food and supplies distribution by the World Food Program and the United Nations Refugee Agency began Tuesday and was expected to last 10 days. It is the first aid delivery to reach the camp since Dec. 15, and many families were lacking food or even rudimentary shelter from the harsh daytime sun and chilly nights. Residents were receiving supplies including rice, cooking oil, tarps, mats, and blankets. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (The Associated Press)

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    Elderly women wait in line to receive food and supplies, at an aid distribution point inside a makeshift camp housing an estimated 100,000 displaced people, at Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday, Jan. 8 2014. The distribution by the World Food Program and the United Nations Refugee Agency began Tuesday and was expected to last 10 days. It is the first aid delivery to reach the camp since Dec. 15, and many families were lacking food or even rudimentary shelter from the harsh daytime sun and chilly nights. Residents were receiving supplies including rice, cooking oil, tarps, mats, and blankets. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (The Associated Press)

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    A family sits inside a makeshift shelter, in a new settlement area at an informal camp housing an estimated 100,000 displaced people, at Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Food and supplies distribution by the World Food Program and the United Nations Refugee Agency began Tuesday and was expected to last 10 days. It is the first aid delivery to reach the camp since Dec. 15, and many families were lacking food or even rudimentary shelter from the harsh daytime sun and chilly nights. Residents were receiving supplies including rice, cooking oil, tarps, mats, and blankets. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (The Associated Press)

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    Women run to get in line as they enter a food and supplies distribution point, inside a makeshift camp housing an estimated 100,000 displaced people, at Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The distribution by the World Food Program and the United Nations Refugee Agency began Tuesday and was expected to last 10 days. It is the first aid delivery to reach the camp since Dec. 15, and many families were lacking food or even rudimentary shelter from the harsh daytime sun and chilly nights. Residents were receiving supplies including rice, cooking oil, tarps, mats, and blankets. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (The Associated Press)

The embattled president of Central African Republic is heading to neighboring Chad for a summit with regional leaders that is aimed at ending weeks of bloodshed that have left more than 1,000 people dead.

Michel Djotodia took power 10 months ago, and in that time the chaos and fighting has created a humanitarian disaster in one of the world's poorest countries.

His trip Wednesday marks the first time he has left the volatile country since an attempted coup in early December.

An armed movement of Christian fighters was behind that attack, and they have vowed to continue their battle until Djotodia steps down from power.

France's foreign minister said leaders from other states in Central Africa would take up the question of whether Djotodia should stay on as interim president.