President Thabo Mbeki Offers Condolences to the Government and
People of Sudan
Pretoria - South African President Thabo Mbeki today, Monday
1 August 2005 extended the heartfelt condolences of the government and people
of South Africa to Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed el-Bashir and the leadership
of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in particular following
the death of First Vice President Dr John Garang de Mabior in a helicopter crash.
Thabo Mbeki said, "It is with great shock and sadness that the Government
and people of South Africa learned of the death of Dr John Garang de Mabior, the
First Vice President of the Republic of Sudan and the Chair of the Sudanese People's
Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A)."
"Dr Garang played a major
role, as part of the Sudanese national leadership in bringing about peace and
an end to more than two decades of fighting between the Government of Sudan and
President Mbeki continued, "It is especially tragic
that Dr Garang's death comes a mere three weeks after his inauguration as the
first Vice President of the Republic of the Sudan on 9 July 2005."
Africa would like to encourage the Parties in the Sudan to exercise restraint
and remain committed to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,
including the establishment of the Government of National Unity in Khartoum on
9 August 2005, as a legacy to the work and commitment of Dr Garang to a peaceful
"On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa,
I wish to extend our condolences to Your Excellency, the Government and people
of Sudan, especially to Dr Garang's family and friends during this time of great
sorrow and bereavement," concluded President Thabo Mbeki.
Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
1 August 2005