Minister Dlamini Zuma to host Sinn Fein Leader, Gerry Adams,
Tshwane, South Africa
Tshwane - South African Foreign Minister, Dr Nkosazana
Dlamini Zuma, will host the leader of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams for discussions at
the Presidential Guesthouse in Tshwane on Tuesday, 18 October 2005. Gerry Adams
is on a special visit to South Africa from Tuesday - Friday, 18-21 October 2005.
visit follows the recent historic decision by the IRA, in response to the courageous
and far-sighted call made by Gerry Adams in April 2005, to end the armed struggle
and put all of its weapons beyond use.
With the announcement by the Independent
International Commission on Decommissioning that the IRA had destroyed the totality
of its arsenal, the stage has now been set for a revival of the peace process
and for creating a lasting peace after many decades of a protracted struggle.
A core focus of the visit will be the sharing of experiences on decommissioning
and disarmament, and particularly the lessons that could be learnt from the various
peace processes in Africa. In this context, it should be noted that the decommissioning
of arms has become a key element of conflict resolution world-wide.
with Minister Dlamini Zuma on Tuesday, 18 October 2005 will focus on, amongst
others, the latest developments in the peace process and the next steps on the
road to implementing the Good Friday Agreement.
While in South Africa,
Mr Adams is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Thabo Mbeki, hold
discussions with Minister Ronnie Kasrils and other prominent South Africans.
will also lay a wreath at Freedom Park, before presenting a keynote address at
the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg on Wednesday
19 October at 16h00.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
of Foreign Affairs
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