South African Government Statement on the Violation of the United Nations Confidence Zone in Côte D'Ivoire

Pretoria - The South African government joins the international community in expressing its outrage and condemnation of the recent violation of the UN Confidence Zone in Côte d'Ivoire by some armed groups that crossed the zone from the South to the North last week.

It is our conviction that this incident only serves to undermine efforts aimed at assisting the people of Côte d'Ivoire in their endevour to bring about peace and stability under the aegis of the African Union (AU).

In this regard, the South African government has been in close liaison with the United Nations regarding these developments. Accordingly, the South African government supports the call by the United Nations for a thorough going investigation into the incident.

The South African government expresses its confidence that the majority of the people of Côte d'Ivoire continue to support the peace process as initiated by the AU and will not be used in efforts aimed at undermining this noble effort.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

10 March 2005

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