President Mbeki to lead South African Delegation to AU Peace
and Security Council Meeting on Côte D'Ivoire, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- South African President Thabo Mbeki, accompanied by Minister Mosiuoa Lekota
and Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad, will attend the African Union's (AU's) Peace and
Security Council meeting convened to discuss the situation in Côte D'Ivoire
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, 6 October 2005.
The Peace and Security
Council meeting follows the 38th meeting of the Council, chaired by President
Mbeki, in New York on 14 September 2005 during which it was decided to review
the situation in Côte d'Ivoire before 30 October.
In addition, the
Peace and Security Council requested that the Economic Community of West African
States (ECOWAS) urgently convene a Summit of Heads of State to assess the situation
in the Côte d'Ivoire with respect to the problems in the implementation
of the Pretoria led mediation efforts.
In this regard, the Peace and Security
Council Meeting will receive recommendations from ECOWAS following the Summit
held in Abuja, Nigeria on Friday, 30 September 2005.
President Thabo Mbeki
is expected to return to South Africa on Friday, 7 October 2005.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
4 October 2005