Deputy Minster of Foreign Affairs, Aziz
Pahad to Host Russian Counterpart, Anatoly Safonov,
Pretoria, South Africa Thursday, 29th January 2004
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aziz Pahad will
host his Russian counterpart, Anatoly Safonov for bilateral
and multilateral discussions on Thursday, 29th January
2004 in Pretoria.
This meeting follows the third session of the Joint
Inter-Governmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation
(ITEC) co-chaired by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
in Moscow in November 2003 during which many areas of
mutual co-operation were discussed.
Against this background Deputy Minister Safonov will
discuss with Deputy Minister Pahad bilateral and multilateral
co-operation by both countries in the international
campaign against terrorism, including among others:
· South Africa's position on the international
campaign against terrorism;
· The importance of the co-ordinating role of
the United Nations, with particular reference to the
UN Security Council, in the international campaign against
· The proposed United Nations Security Council
Resolution on Weapons of Mass Destruction;
· The working of the United Nations Security
Council Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) and the United
Nation's Security Council's 1267 Committee, as well
as the need for improved co-operation between these
· The complexities surrounding the negotiations
at the United Nations for a Comprehensive Convention
on International Terrorism and tor a International Convention
on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism; and
· The G-8 Counter-Terrorism Initiative and the
role of regional organisations in the campaign against
In this regard, South Africa fully supports this campaign
within the framework of the United Nations and contributes
to the efforts of regional and other multilateral organizations
in this regard (e.g. SADC, NAM, Commonwealth and AU).
South Africa does however, regard it as important to
focus on the root causes of terrorism and to develop
appropriate strategies to deal comprehensively with
the threat of terrorism. Similarly, the combating of
terrorism should not take place at the expense of civil
liberties and human rights.
South Africa also considers it important that the campaign
against terrorism should not push poverty and under-development
off the international agenda.
Deputy Minister Safonov will also brief Deputy Minister
Pahad regarding the work of the G-8 Counter Terrorism
Action Group (CTAG) which aims to provide co-ordinated
assistance to countries that need help in combating
terrorism. In this regard, CTAG will co-operation strongly
with the Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) established
by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Issued by Ronnie Mamoeopa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
28 January 2004