Five countries express interest to host 2010 OIF summit

Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Five countries have expressed interest in hosting the 2010 Francophonie summit, the Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), Abdou Diouf, said Wednesday in Antananarivo (Madagascar).
The candidates are Madagascar, DR Congo, Chad, Cambodia and Haiti, he told a news conference marking the end of two-day proceedings of the Francophonie Ministerial Conference .
"DR Congo defended its candidacy by recalling that the summit scheduled to be held there in 1991 had been cancelled and subsequently organised in Chaillot, France.
Other candidates also gave their own reasons.
"But the Francophonie will find, when the time comes, a consensus to choose the host state that will organise the 2010 summit," Diouf said.
The summit of heads of state is the topmost decision-making body of the OIF, whose Secretary General it appoints and defines the ten-year or four-year strategy programme.
The last OIF summit in 2004 was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where 63 leaders of the Francophonie decided to meet in September 2006 in Bucharest, Romania.

23 november 2005 21:25:00




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