Greece signs a Memorandum on the promotion of the mission of Francophonie
Foreign Minister Ms. Dora Bakoyannis met in Paris, with the Secretary General of the International Organisation of French-speaking Communities (Francophonie), Mr. Abdou Diouf, and signed a “Memorandum on the promotion of the mission of Francophonie and the promotion of the French Language”.
After the signing of the Memorandum, Ms. Bakoyannis made the following statement:
“With particular satisfaction, I signed today with the Secretary General of the International Organisation of French-speaking Communities, Greece’s participation in an organization whose objective is, of course, the spread of the French language, but also the promotion of the principles and values that connect all these countries who believe in democracy and human rights.
Greece is present. Our role, particularly in our region, is important, and we believe that our participation will be particularly useful.”
During the 10th Summit meeting of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) , held in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, on 26-27 November 2004, Greece s accession to the OIF was unanimously approved.
Greeces decision to accede to the OIF was taken after assessing the possibility to accede to an important forum with a common language French and an area of common values and solidarity that has as its basic elements: the promotion of democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights, the promotion of peace and security, protection of cultural heritage, and support for cultural and linguistic diversity. Even the survival of national cultures is mainly predicated on safeguarding these principles.
Greece became a full member of the OIF, during the 11th Summit meeting in Bucarest, on 28-29 November 2006.
The International Organization of Francophonie includes 63 states in total (constantly expanding) from all five continents, and its institutional framework consists of different political institutions and agencies.
Source: Greek Embassy in the UN