A dispute at the sixth General Assembly of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation (AGECOOP) among partly or entirely French-speaking courtiers threatens to paralyse the office of Secretary General of the organisation.
A dispute at the sixth General Assembly of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation (AGECOOP) among partly or entirely French-speaking courtiers threatens to paralyse the office of Secretary General of the organisation. The Assembly would up its conference on Saturday (15 December) in Lome, Togo, without a solution to the dispute caused by the two major fund contributors, France and Canada, over the restructuring of the office of Secretary General. Two new members -- Dominica and New Hebrides -- were, however, welcomed into AGECOOP and Guinea-Bissau was given associate Member status.
SYNOPSIS: Representatives of the twenty-six member countries began the conference on Wednesday (12 December) to decide on the revisions of the basic rules of the organisation and the "crisis" connected with the authority of the Secretary-General.
M. Bernard Dadier, Minister of Culture for the Ivory Coast, was among the speakers on the opening day who commented on the development of a dispute between France and Canada. France wanted a powerful Secretary-General with only one Deputy while Canada preferred that the office would represent more collective powers. Canada finally rallied to the French proposal but claimed the right of appointing a Canadian as Deputy. Secretary General Dankoulodo Dan Dicko of Niger opposed this, fearing it would give Canada too much influence.
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