An official ceremony marked October 31, 1979 in Lomé, the signing of the second convention EC-ACP, called to replace the first convention of Lomé, signed in February 1975. The EC was represented by Michael O'Kennedy, Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs and President-in-Office of the Council; Claude Cheysson, Member of the CEC in charge of Development, and Simone Veil, President of the EP. In addition, Bernard St John, Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados and President in office of the ACP Council of Ministers, was present. Speeches in Lomé highlighted the profound significance of this new cooperation agreement between the EC and nearly 60 states in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific; outlined the Convention; highlighted the innovations it brings and raised the issue of human rights.

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