Georgian president made statement on Francophonie summit in Switzerland
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 24 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian president Micheil Saakashvili has visited Switzerland where the Francophonie summit with participation of 70 states is taking place.
Despite the statement of Saakashvili, who has the status of an observer on the summit, has not been planned he has appealed to its participants with a report, the president's administration reported to TREND.
It is noteworthy to underline that a resolution, one part of which concerned Georgia, has been adopted as a result of the summit. Particularly, state-members of the summit support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, and also the continuation of the format of Geneva negotiations and fulfillment of the terms of Medvedev - Sarkozy agreement, mentioned in the document.
The international Francophonie organization unites 55 states and 13 states-observers (including also Georgia).
According to the data of 2007 there are 200 millions of francophones in the world. Among 55 state-members the French is an official language in 32 ones.
Francophonie is the international organization of the cooperation among francophone states in the world. It includes 56 members representing various states or parts of states, and also 14 observers. The main criteria for acquiring the membership is not the extent of language usage by the population of a state (though it is welcomed), but rather the cultural links with France.