Minister Dlamini Zuma to Mobilise Nordic Countries for Early Warning System in the Indian Ocean, Helsinki, Finland

Pretoria - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma arrived today - Wednesday, 12 January 2005 - in Helsinki, Finland ahead of the fourth session of the Nordic - African Informal Consultations scheduled for Thursday - Friday, 13-14 January 2005.

The Nordic - African Informal Consultations occur 17 days after the devastation of South-east Asian countries and some parts of Africa by tsunamis. In this context Minister Dlamini Zuma is expected to mobilise Nordic countries for the establishment of an early warning centre in the Indian Ocean aimed at averting a recurrence of a similar tragedy in the future.

Discussions will include, among others:

· Peace and security architecture in Africa and current challenges;
· Strengthening human rights, democracy and governance to promote development and prevent conflicts;
· The implementation of NEPAD including the operationalisation of the African Peer Review Mechanism;
· The reform of the global exercise of governance, viz, the United Nations and all its institutions including the Security Council, the International Monetary Fund.

Participants in the Consultations will include representatives from: Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark and are expected to focus on:

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
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12 January 2005

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