France sues for consensus on choice of OIF executive

Paris- France (PANA) -- France has sided with calls for the designation by consensus of the next Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), Foreign ministry spokesman François Rivasseau said.
Rivasseau said the issue was at the centre of discussions Tuesday between French Foreign ministry authorities and current OIF secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who is seeking re- election.
Boutros-Ghali's challenger at next October's Beyrouth summit is Congo's ambassador to Paris, Henri Lopes, who enjoys the support of 22 African member states.
The French authorities have so far refrained from publicly indicating any preference for one or the other candidate.
In addition to the election of the new Secretary General, the Beyrouth Francophonie summit would examine reforms on the TV5 television channel.
Also on the summit agenda is the Francophonie University Agency and a review of the OIF's statutes.

25 july 2001 21:40:00

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