President Thabo Mbeki congratulates Dr Mohamed ElBaradei on
having won 2005 Nobel Peace Prize
Tshwane - South African President Thabo
Mbeki conveyed his heartfelt congratulations today, Friday 7 October 2005, to
Dr Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), for having
been awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
President Mbeki stated, "Dr
ElBaradei, please accept the sincere congratulations of the South African Government
for being awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
"The award is a personal
tribute to your integrity and professionalism as head of the Agency and a well
deserved recognition of the impartial and authoritative role of the IAEA.
Government of South Africa is proud that this award has been conferred upon such
an eminent African international civil servant. We also commend the IAEA for its
role as an important multilateral body performing valuable verification and other
tasks that are central to the critical objectives of nuclear non-proliferation
and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy in the context of the need to eliminate
all nuclear weapons."
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs