10th Francophonie summit opens in Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The 10th sumit of the Internatioal Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) opend Friday at Ouagadougou's "Ouaga 2000" international conference centre at around 10.
30 GMT in the Burkina capital.
The host President Blaise Compaore is chairing the two-day conference attended by about 15 heads of state and six Prime Ministers under the theme "Francophonie, a space of solidarity for sustainable development".
   According to observers, political issues will dominate the conference, especially in countries of the African Great Lakes region, represented by four heads of state and a Prime Minister.
Rwanda, the two Congos and Gabon are represented at heads of state level, while a Prime Minister is leading Burundi's delegation.
   The summit was preceded by a ministerial conferences, which adopted several draft resolutions.
The first of these expressed the Francohonie's support for the "Road Map" prepared by the United Nations in a bid to restore peace in the Middle East.
In the second draft resolution, the ministers demanded protagonists in Cote d'Ivoire to strictly implement the Linas-Maccoussis and Accra III agreements adopted in January 2003 and July 2004, respectively as the only alternative to end the Ivorian crisis.
The OIFF brings together 51 member countries and five observer states in five continents.

26 november 2004 12:42:00




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