35 leaders attend 10th OIF summit

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Twenty-five Heads of State and 10 Prime Ministers or Heads of government are attending the two-day 10th International Francophone Organisation (OIF) summit, which opened in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Friday.
Four of the leaders from non-member countries, are Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria), Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria), Joaquim Chissano (Mozambique) and Omar El-Beshir (Sudan).
The four would not participate in the debates, but "will have bilateral and multilateral meetings with some Francophone Heads of State," an OIF senior official said.
A speech, which President Bouteflika was scheduled to deliver at the opening session, was distributed to participants.
Meanwhile, the summit has rejected the membership application of Macedonia and Albania, because of their "poor commitment" to the promotion of Francophone affairs and the French language.
The two countries were also accused of failure to pay their statutory contributions to the Inter-governmental Francophone Agency (AIF), an affiliate of OIF.
Greece was, however, accepted as full OIF member, and Andorra Principality as an associate member.

26 november 2004 23:29:00




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