Heads of state arrive in Ouagadougou for Francophonie summit

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- About 15 heads of state and six Prime ministers arrived here Thursday afternoon for the 10th Francophonie summit holding 26-27 November in the Burkinabe capital.
From the Great Lakes the Presidents of Rwanda, the two Congos and Gabon.
Burundi is represented by its Prime Minister.
According to the observers, this strong participation stems from increased tension after Rwandan President Paul Kagame threatened to launch an attack on the Interahamwe in DR Congo.
A meeting is expected between African Union (AU) chairman, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and the Rwandan and DR Congo heads of state.
A few Portuguese-speaking countries are represented by their presidents at the summit, namely Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe.
Guinea-Bissau is represented by its Prime Minister.
Three West African heads of state, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, Mathieu Kerekou of Benin and Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali are already in Ouagadougou.
In addition to the three heads of state, are the Prime Ministers of Niger and Togo.
Also here are Presidents Paul Biya of Cameroon, Idriss Deby of Chad and Francois Bozize of Central African Republic.

25 november 2004 23:52:00




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