Francophonie ministers focus crises in Africa

Vientiane- Laos (PANA) -- The 23rd Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie that opened Tuesday at Vientane in Laos is expected to heavily discuss the crises in DR Congo, Central African Republic, the Comoros and other African countries, according to Ousmane Paye, special adviser to OIF secretary general Abdou Diouf.
"It is a traditional for the ministers to discuss crisis situations in Member states of the Francophonie family in their political implications.
In Ventiane, we are likely to focus attention on crises in Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and other crisis-prone Member nations in Africa," Paye told a press conference here.
Paye stressed the commitment of OIF towards African states in democratic transition.
"We supported the processes to end the crises in Central African Republic, Mauritania, and Cote d'Ivoire," said Paye, a former Youth and Sports minister in the Senegalese government.
"The conference will focus three constituents including political and economic dimensions, the enhancement of cooperation among member states and the functioning and financing of the organisation," he explained.
"Our purpose is to help (Organisation of the International Francophonie) OIF member states that are facing difficulties," noted Diouf's advisor emphasised.
The ongoing conference is discussing the OIF as a "Tool of solidarity and for the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity".
"Ministers and heads of delegations will also discuss the preparation of the 12th Francophonie summit slated for next October in Quebec," Paye disclosed.
About 200 delegates representing 55 member nations and governments as well as 13 OIF observer countries are attending the two-day OIF ministerial conference Laos, in landlocked in South East Asia.

20 november 2007 13:36:00




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