International Relations, Peace and Security Cluster
14 May 2008
Presenter: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs briefed the media on the progress made by the International Relations, Peace and Security Cluster in international relations. He summarised efforts by
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aziz Pahad, provided details on the efforts of the International Relations, Peace and Security Cluster in international relations.
The Deputy Minister condemned the acts of terrorism in
With regards to the natural disasters in Myanmar and China, the Deputy Minister expressed his condolences with these two nations and called on the Myanmar government to allow foreign aid into their country
He reaffirmed South Africa’s commitment to South-South -, North-South co-operation and South Africa’s continued participation in global governance structures and added that South Africa would continue to consolidate the African agenda through the strengthening of the African Union (AU) and its structures.
The Deputy Minister called on the Zimbabwean people to show restraint in light of reports on the escalation of violence in that country and condemned the rebel attacks on the Sudanese capital,
The Deputy Minister said that the special report compiled by former army generals who were sent to
In relation to the situation in the Comores, the Deputy Minister stated that South Africa was against the use of military force by the AU, but pledged South Africa’s support to the Comores government in light of elections due to be held in June.
The Deputy Minister condemned the spate of xenophobic attacks in
Q. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs was asked how confident he was that the Zimbabwean presidential run-off would be credible, in light of the widespread occurrence of violence against MDC supporters.
A. The Deputy Minister replied that despite the scepticism that was raised, the Zimbabwean elections went smoothly. He added that mediation efforts by
Q. The Deputy Minister was asked to explain the conditions for credible elections in the Zimbabwean Presidential run-off election.
A. The Deputy Minister replied that the conditions for a credible run-off election in Zimbabwe were the same as for the harmonised elections, and that he was sure that the will of the Zimbabwean people would be respected regardless of who won the run-off election. These conditions were media freedom, the right to campaign, an independent electoral commission and the accreditation of foreign observer missions. He added that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Observer Mission did indicate in their report that there were certain areas that could be improved upon. The Deputy Minister did not elaborate on this.
Q. The Deputy Minister was asked what his view was on President Mbeki’s statement to African clergy that the
A. The Deputy Minister replied that he was out of the country so he could not express an opinion on this statement by the President. However,
Deputy Minister Pahad noted that if non-African states felt that they could make a positive contribution to the mediation efforts in
On the issue of UN involvement in the run-off elections, Deputy Minister Pahad said that
Mr Pahad noted that
Q. The Deputy Minister was asked why the President decided to send retired army generals to assess the scope of the post-election violence in Zimbabwe and when they would release their report to the Presidency.
A. The Deputy Minister replied that the President did not furnish any details to him, but he believed that the generals were sent due to their experience of black-on-black violence that plagued
Q. The Deputy Minister was asked whether diplomatic relations between
A. The Deputy Minister replied that the matter was dealt with by the National Treasury, via South African Revenue Services (SARS) and that diplomatic relations between
Q. The Deputy Minister was asked what
A. The Deputy Minister replied that
Q. The Deputy Minister was asked what stance South Africa would take in light of reports that Britain, France and the USA had pushed for a move to force the Myanmar government to accept foreign aid after the devastating cyclone in that country.
A. The Deputy Minister replied that
The briefing was adjourned
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