Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Leads
an AU Ministerial Delegation to the International Conference on Sudan in Oslo
Norway, 11 - 12 April 2004
PRETORIA - The South African Minister of Foreign
Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will upon her return from a three-African nation
visit on Saturday 09 April 2005 immediately undertake a visit to Oslo, Norway
to discuss the reconstruction and development requirements of the Sudan with international
donor partners, from 11-12 April 2005.
Minister Dlamini Zuma was on an official
visit to Niger, Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and Sao Tome and Principe, as
part of efforts to consolidate bilateral, political and economic ties between
South Africa and the three African countries within the context of South Africa's
overall objective for the renewal of Africa and the creation of a better world.
Oslo, Minister Dlamini Zuma, will in her capacity as Chair of the AU Ministerial
Committee on the post-conflict reconstruction of the Sudan, lead and eight-member
delegation to the international donor conference on the Sudan. In this regard,
Minister Dlamini Zuma will present a report on the factual situation in the Sudan
and make recommendations about the necessary interventions and also help identify
the role of international donor partners in the reconstruction and development
of the Sudan.
Minister Dlamini Zuma's delegation includes Foreign Ministers
of Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria and Sudan.
at the conference will include inputs from representatives of the African Union,
the United Nations, the World Bank, IGAD, the European Union, the Arab League,
the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Joint National Transitional
Team of Sudan (composed of leaders of the Government of Sudan and the Leadership
of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement).
Minister Dlamini Zuma will return
to South Africa on Wednesday 13 April 2005 ahead of her budget vote speech, scheduled
for Friday 15 April 2005 in Parliament, Cape Town.
ISSUED BY RONNIE MAMOEPA
DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
PRIVATE BAG X 152