French and Senegalese government ministers are meeting in Paris to re-negotiate co-operative agreements. According to?
French and Senegalese government ministers are meeting in Paris to re-negotiate co-operative agreements. According to M. Assane Seck, the Senegalese Foreign Minister, all French bases in Senegal will be turned over to the Senegalese government. At present, there are about 1,000 French military personnel in the African state, and observers believe France will be able to continue a military presence there.
The negotiations began on Monday (25 March) and are aimed at revising the defence, cultural and economic agreements signed in 1960 when Senegal became independent of France.
In a speech at the opening of the negotiations, M. Jean de Lipkowski, the French Deputy Minister, spoke of the present talks as demonstrating the flexible relationship between the two countries.
M. Seck declared that they marked "an important stage in the development of Senegal." He added that it was a "new page" in the history of friendship between Senegal and France.
The new agreement should be ready for signing by the end of the week. Preparations have been going on for the last three months, both in Dakar and Paris, and last week senior officials form both delegations began work on the final draft of the agreement.