BOUTROS BOUTROS-GHALI WAS ON A THREE-DAY VISIT TO BULGARIA
The International Organisation of the Francophonie will support Bulgaria's bid for non-permanent UN Security Council membership through a special resolution or decision, its Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said in Sofia last Monday.
He arrived in Bulgaria on a three-day official visit at the invitation of the Bulgarian President Peter Stoyanov. Before seeing the President on Monday Boutros Boutros Ghali met with Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Foreign Minister Solomon Passy.
The Bulgarian President said La Francophonie would only stand to gain if Boutros-Ghali was re-elected for a second term.
His bid for re-election was also supported by Foreign Minister Passy on behalf of the Government.
In a lecture to members of the Atlantic Club of Bulgariaq held in the Sheraton hotel, Boutros-Ghali outlined the new dimensions of the Francophone movement - cultural, political and economic.
On Wednesday he visited the Francophonie Institute for Administration and Management in Sofia. The Institute was set up on the proposal of former Bulgarian president Zhelyu Zhelev, made in 1993, and the educational establishment began functioning in 1996.
Bulgaria became a full member of La Francophonie in 1993 at the organisation's summit, held on the island of Mauritius.