OIF chief Diouf, urges AU to defend Africa's interests

Paris- France (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) Abdou Diouf, has called on the African Union (AU) to defend Africa's interests and ensure that the continent's voice is heard in the world.
"The role of the AU primarily consists in doing everything to join forces so that Africa's voice is better heard throughout the world," Diouf, former Senegalese President told PANA in the French capital Monday.
He said the Union should focus on the dynamics for future of the continent, adding that the AU and OIF had common concerns.
To this end, Diouf said a memorandum aimed at consolidating co-operation between the two institutions was signed last May.
"We defend the same values and have the same concerns for Africa: Francophonie is there to build and strengthen solidarity with Africa," he said.
"On democratisation, the defence of human rights, the prevention of crises, all the expertise of the Francophonie is mobilised to work jointly with the African Union.
" According to Diouf, new prospects for co-operation exist between the two organisations in support of political transitions and institutions.
Stressing the importance of education to Africa's development, he said the OIF and AU planned to joint efforts to strengthen the educational systems on the continent.

04 july 2005 21:53:00




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