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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:10 - Updated Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:10

Portugal: Dili Summit to confirm new CPLP observers

Lisbon - Three new countries (Namibia, Turkey and Georgia) might gain the associate observer status of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP) at the 10th Summit of Heads of State of Government of the organisation scheduled for July 23 this year in Dili, East Timor.

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The three countries would be joining Senegal, Mauritius and Equatorial Guinea. Equatorial Guinea might thus get admitted as a full right member, following a recommendation from the organisation’s foreign ministers as the country has agreed to abolish the death penalty, the CPLP executive secretary, Murade Murargy, has said.

A source from the CPLP Executive Secretariat justifies the admission of Namibia, among other reasons,  with the fact that the southern African country holds a large Angolan community linked to the teaching of Portuguese language and enjoys very good diplomatic relations with members of the community.

As to Turkey and Georgia, the admission is associated with their interest to develop new cultures and existing similarities to some identity traces like the cuisine, particularly regarding Portugal.

The CPLP director general, the Cabo Verdean Georgina Mello, also mentioned the interest expressed by Japan, Peru and Morocco to join the organisation as observers, a matter that is still being examined.

Japan justifies its interest to join with historical reasons and “cuisine vision”, including the large Japanese community based in Brazil.

Regarding  Peru, according to Georgina Mello, the interest to join is to do with the convenience of relations with African countries and the "deep" connection with Brazil and Portugal.

Morocco justifies its interest to join with historical reasons, its association with the struggle for independence in Africa and the Portuguese cuisine.

The 10th CPLP Summit will mark the transfer of the chair of the community from Mozambique to East Timor.

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