Francophonie vows to support Lebanon's reconstruction

Bucharest- Romania (PANA) -- Abdou Diouf, the secretary general of the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF), appealed here Friday to the international community to mobilise resources to reconstruct Lebanon after Israel's recent bombing raids on the country.
Addressing a press conference at the end of the 11th Francophonie Summit, Diouf, who has just been re-elected to serve a second mandate as secretary general, indicated that the OIF intends to use available means to rehabilitate reading and cultural activities centres in Lebanon.
"We also want to help Lebanon develop its cultural industries through the setting up of a guarantee fund," he said, adding that the OIF will help the country strengthen the rule of law through training, especially training of judges, specific requests having been made to Francophonie to this effect.
Diouf further stressed that OIF intends to use, in the field of environment, experts who will be responsible for supervising those who will be charged to fight the oil slick and the pollution from war operations.
As regards the next Francophonie Games to be hosted by Lebanon in 2009, the OIF secretary general indicated that the movement would have a special opportunity to demonstrate its solidarity with this country.
"Lebanon had already been selected to host the Francophonie Games in 2009 and it has experienced in 2006 the crisis we have all witnessed.
It is time for us to mobilise to allow this country to take up the challenge as regards the games' organisation in 2009," he noted.
It is recalled that the 11th Francophonie summit, held Thursday and Friday in the Romanian capital, ended with Diouf's re-election as secretary general for another four-year mandate.
The next summit of the organisation will take place in Quebec (Canada), from 27-29 October 2008.

29 september 2006 17:43:00




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