Compaore elated over successful hosting of OIF summit

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore has said that Burkina Faso, "a land of freedom and dialogue", was proud to successfully host the 10th Summit of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) that ended here Saturday.
Compaore, who will chair the organisation for the next two years, described the Francophone grouping as "a model of interaction and openness.
" "French, a beautiful language that we share, enriches and fortifies our perception of the world, constantly oriented toward the betterment of mankind," Compaore noted.
"It is based on this conviction, which is deeply rooted in the common values, that together, we work both at strengthening our links of solidarity and consolidating the democratic processes in the world," he said.
The Burkinabe leader stressed the need for building a world that respects historical values and cultural heritages through collective engagement, strengthening of dialogue and respect for diversity.
He said cultural diversity must be first "an openness, a capacity to integrate without substituting, a need to conciliate without diluting and a determination to co-exist without dominating, in order to better contribute in the development of universal values.
" "The Francophonie is pained when one of its members is in crisis," Compaore said in an apparent reference to Cote d'Ivoire, represented at the summit by its Culture and Francophonie minister Anne Malan-Messou, with the conspicuous absence of President Laurent Gbagbo.
Ties between the two West African neighbours are on a sour note, with Abidjan accusing Ouagadougou of backing the over two-year- old rebellion in northern Cote d'Ivoire that has split the country into two zones.
"That is why there is need to support African and international mediation efforts and salute the sacrifices made by France and all other states to find peaceful solutions to the crises in Côte d'Ivoire, Haiti and the Great Lakes region.
" The 10th OIF summit, which brought together about 15 heads of state and six Prime Ministers, had as its theme "The Francophonie, a space of solidarity for sustainable development.
" Among highlights of the summit was the situation in the Great Lakes region, which registered a high profile attendance with the presidents of Rwanda, Congo Brazzaville, DR Congo and Gabon, as well as the Burundian Prime Minister.
The meeting adopted a number of resolutions, including one reaffirming support for the Middle East Roadmap, a plan mooted by the United Nations to pull that region out of crisis.
Another resolution on Cote d'Ivoire demanded strict implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis and Accra III accords adopted respectively in January 2003 and July this year, as the only way out of the Ivorian crisis.
OIF groups 51 states and five observer countries across five continents.

28 november 2004 16:41:00

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