Africa's commitment to Francophonie underlined

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), Abdou Diouf, has highlighted in Ouagadougou Africa's commitment to the Fancophonie and the "major role the continent intends to play in it.
" After Dakar in 1986, Mauritius in 1993 and Cotonou in 1995, Africa has demonstrated in hosting the 10th OIF summit in Ouagadougou "its commitment to the Francophonie (and) confirms the fundamental role it intends to play in it," the former Senegalese president said.
"We know what it (the OIF) did bring to us, and what we owe it.
We are also aware of its expectations and needs.
And it is certainly not by chance that we have chosen to devote our proceedings here in Ouagadougou to 'Francophone solidarity for sustainable development'," he added.
Diouf also called on the leaders of the Francophone movement to show citizens in their respective countries, particularly to men and women hardest hit by the ordeals of life, that harbouring hopes is no utopia.
"Our most sacred duty is to meet this strong need for solidarity," he said.
"The heaviest responsibility on our shoulders, which must guide each of our steps, inspire each of our decisions, is that of peace," the OIF secretary general added.
In this respect, he appealed for solidarity and peace which, he assured, would be the main focus of attention of the major actors of the Francophone world during their two-day proceedings in the Burkinabe capital.
Touching on conflicts in Iraq, Israel and Palestine, the Great lakes region, Horn of Africa, Haiti and Cote d'Ivoire, he said that "peace is a long road that passes through democracy and respect for human rights.
" "It is this road that Francophonie is endeavouring to follow (and) it is in making progress in that direction," Diouf added.

27 november 2004 16:23:00




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