West African leaders eulogise Senghor

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders have eulogised Senegal's founding President Leopold Sedar Senghor, who died Thursday in France at the age of 95.
Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare, immediate past ECOWAS chair described the late Senghor as a "great son of Africa and a world Statesman.
" He said the doctrine of Negritude, which the Senegalese independent leader espoused, remained relevant in today's Africa, still battling political instability and poverty.
ECOWAS leaders observed a minute silence both at Thursday's opening and the closing of their Summit Friday in Dakar.
Incumbent Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who has declared a 15-day national mourning to honour Senghor, called his predecessor's death as a great loss to Africa.
He said the foundation for the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) initiative, had been laid by African founding fathers including Senghor, "the man of culture and letters.
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21 december 2001 19:50:00




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