Foreign Ministers from the member countries of OCAM (The African Malagasy and Mauritanian Common Organisation) have been meeting in Dakar, Senegal.
SV Pan delegates arriving
MV M. Gaetan Duval (Mauritanian Foreign Minister) and President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal arriving
MV President Senghor and other delegates.
CU Secretary general, Mr. falilou Kane
SCU President Senghor speaking
MV delegates listening
MV President Senghor and M. Duval
MV PAN & GV delegates seated (4 shots)
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Background: Foreign Ministers from the member countries of OCAM (The African Malagasy and Mauritanian Common Organisation) have been meeting in Dakar, Senegal. The two-day emergency meeting was called following the withdrawal of Cameroun, Chad and Madagascar from the organisation earlier this year.
OCAM was founded in 1965 with a membership of 15 to promote economic and political co-operation between french - speaking African states.Six members have withdrawn since, the other three being Mauritania, Zaire and the Congo.
During the meeting, the Chairman of OCAM, President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal charged the Cameroun, Chad and Madagascar with "black-mailing" OCAM by accusing it of being the "lackey of French Imperialism."
President Senghor admitted the organisation was going through a critical period, but said it was a crisis of growth, which all international organisations experienced. But he said the meeting had showed most members thought OCAM was necessary.
Delegates at the meeting decided that a summit meeting of OCAM heads of state would be held in Dakar in November to discuss the organisation's future.