Toure, Biya, Bongo are first arrivals at Francophonie summit in Canada

Québec- Canada (PANA) -- Mali's Amadou Toumani Touré, Cameroon's Paul Biya and Ga bon's Omar Bongo Ondimba are the first three African heads of state to arrive in Québec, the Canadian province of the same name, which hosts Saturday and Sunday t he 12th summit of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), summit sour c es told PANA Thursday.
According to the Canadian protocol, Benin's Thomas Boni Yayi, Congo's Denis Sass ou N'Guesso, Senegal's Abdoulaye Wade, Central African Republic's François Boziz é , DRC's Joseph Kabila and Madagascar's Marc Ravalomanana are expected Thursday.
The official opening ceremony of the summit will take place Friday which will be attended by the special guest and Algerian Presient Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
When the summit starts Saturday, the leaders will review the international polit ical situation, including the crises in Côte d'Ivoire, the Central African Repub l ic and the DR Congo.
Two African countries, Madagascar and DR Congo, have expressed their wish to hos t the 13th OIF summit.
Meanwhile, the large size of the African delegations to the summit is embarrassi ng hosts Canada.
Although the Canadian hosts have expected a five-man delegation from each Africa n country, some of them have arrived with between 40 and 80-strong team.
A source told PANA that the Gabonese delegation is made up of 80 persons, DR Con go 60, Niger 30 and Congo 40.
According to the source, two thirds of most of the delegations have nothing to d o at the summit.
Thirty African heads of state and government are expected at summit which will a lso examine the world financial crisis, environmental issues and the crises in t h e francophone countries.

16 october 2008 18:06:00

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