Ex-Cape Verdean president named OIF envoy for Haiti

Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) has appointed former President Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro of Cape Verde as its special envoy to monitor the situation in Haiti.
OIF Secretary General Abdou Diouf appointed Monteiro, who was president from 1991-2001, during a meeting of an ad-hoc committee Tuesday in Paris, France.
An OIF statement said Monteiro would lead a high power delegation due to visit Haiti to monitor the situation and identify ways for an OIF intervention to prop initiatives by international bodies.
The OIF Paris meeting was aimed at analysing the Haitian crisis and the latest developments in the country following the resignation of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who is currently exiled in the Central African Republic.
During the meeting, OIF expressed support for the efforts of the UN, regional organisations and bilateral partners to restore sanity to Haiti, and reaffirmed its readiness to contribute to the reinstalling the rule of law and the return to normalcy in Haiti.
The International Francophonie Organisation groups 56 countries, including Haiti.
Although a Portuguese-speaking country, Cape Verde became OIF member in November 1996.

04 march 2004 11:53:00




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