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Cyprus joined the International Organization of Francophonie September 30, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus News.

Cyprus joined yesterday the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF), as an Associate Member during the 11th summit of the International Organization of Francophonie in Bucharest. The President of the Republic was represented at the Summit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Yiorgos Lillikas.

In his address before the plenary of the summit, Mr Lillikas noted that Francophonie constitutes today an important factor of peace, freedom, stability, and cooperation between people all over the world and stressed that Cyprus places great importance on Francophonie and on the French language, which is spoken in the five continents, in international organizations and of course in the European Union of which Cyprus is a member since 2004.

The French language and francophone culture constitutes for Cyprus an opening to Europe and the world, he said, and pointed out that the French language is the second obligatory foreign language taught in Cyprus’ schools.

Mr Lillikas also expressed Cyprus’ wish to support the activities of the International Organization of Francophonie, at the linguistic, cultural, and political level. 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.

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

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