Mauritania explains boycott of OIF Ouagadougou summit

Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Communication minister Hamoud Ould Abdi on Wednesday said Mauritania boycotted the 10th Francophonie Summit held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 26-27 November to protest the West African nation's attitude regarding its security.
Addressing a news conference, Abdi said the action was an expression of Mauritania's disagreement with Burkina Faso over its "support for the authors of plots" against President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya.
Government spokesman Abdi noted that Burkina Faso's refusal to extradite Mauritanians involved in plots foiled in August and September this year was proof of its complicity in the acts.
Relations between the two countries have been deteriorating for several months now since Nouakchott linked Ouagadougou and Tripoli to plots to overthrow Ould Taya.

01 december 2004 19:52:00




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