Ouagadougou - Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro signed a deal on Tuesday to hold elections in late June 2008 "at the latest", Burkina Faso's foreign minister said.

"The signing parties envision that the elections will occur at the end of the first half of 2008 at the latest," Djibrill Bassole said following a meeting in Burkina Faso between Gbagbo and Soro, a former rebel leader.

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore was also at the meeting, which was called to revive a peace deal brokered eight months ago. That deal, which had called for elections in early 2008, had shown signs of stalling.

Bassole said that the exact date of the presidential and legislative elections would be proposed by the country's independent electoral commission.