Mauritania attends Bamako forum on democracy, human rights

Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian foreign minister Ahmed Ould Sid'Ahmed has left the country for Mali to attend the "Bamako + 5" symposium on democracy and human rights organised by the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), official sources revealed here Sunday.
The 6-8 November forum will endeavour to review the action of Francophone member States in establishing the concept of rule of law over the past five years.
The year 2000, which marks the maiden holding of the symposium in the Malian capital, is considered as a landmark.
Mauritania is expected on the agenda of the Bamako summit at which OIF secretary general and former Senegalese president, Abdou Diouf, will deliver a statement.
After seven years of an "emergency regime" and 14 years of a highly controversial "constitutional" regime, Mauritania experienced a military coup on 3 August 2005, a development that saw the OIF suspend cooperation with Nouakchott, before lifting that suspension last month.
The military junta, led by Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed, has set a 24 months timetable to return to constitutional rule within the framework of a process involving the political parties, civil society and other stakeholders.

06 november 2005 17:21:00




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