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Cyprus joins OIF as an associate member
2006-10-03 10:32:37

Nicosia, Sep 28 ? Cyprus joined the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF), as an associate member during the Organisation's XI Summit in Bucharest.

Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos was represented at the Summit by Foreign Minister George Lillikas, who expressed Cyprus? wish to support the activities of the International Organization of Francophonie, at the linguistic, cultural, and political level.

Addressing the Summit, Lillikas noted that Cyprus is committed to working closely with its new partners at the international fora for cultural pluralism and development of the countries suffering from injustice and follow along with them a policy of peace and promotion of democracy in the world.

In a world of many conflicts, he said, francophonie is a carrier of the message of tolerance and solidarity, cooperation and emancipation, dialogue and understanding.

He further expressed his sincere thanks to the heads of states and governments of the International Organization of Francophonie, who showed their support to the people of Cyprus, by accepting them in their family.

Mr. Lillikas stressed that history has created ties between Cyprus and the French culture and language which is the second obligatory foreign language school taught in Cyprus' schools.

Concluding, Lillikas expressed the belief that if the values uniting the states of the International Organization of Francophonie turn into will and joint political action, they can contribute to peace, stability and development in the whole modern world.

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