Five presidents to attend CPLP summit in Bissau

12 July 2006

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 12 July – the preparatory commission for the 6th Summit of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), due to take place in Bissau, said that five presidents had confirmed they would attend.

Domingos Simões Pereira, president of the National Preparatory Commission for the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries, told Portuguese news agency Lusa that he was now only awaiting confirmation of attendance by the Brazilian and East Timor heads of state.

According to Pereira, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, had a busy schedule and that the G8 meeting was causing “some problems,” although efforts were being made to ensure his presence in Bissau on the day of the summit.

Pereira added that East Timor’s president, Xanana Gusmão would “probably” not attend the summit due to the crisis his country was undergoing.

From Portugal, Pereira said he had received confirmation that President Aníbal cavaco Silva and Prime Minister José Sócrates, “and several members of the government” would attend.

Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos would attend, Pereira said and that an “advanced mission” was already in Bissau to prepare the trip by the Angolan head of state.

“We also have confirmation of attendance of the heads of state of Cape Verde (Pedro Pires), Mozambique (Armando Guebuza), and Sao Tome and Principe (Fradique de Menezes, the current president of the CPLP who is due to pass on his duties to his Guinean counterpart, João Bernardo “Nino” Vieira),” Pereira said.

The CPLP includes Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau and East Timor. (macauhub)