Statement on the UN Report on the Oil for Food Programme

Tshwane- The South African government welcomes the release of the UN report on the oil-for food-programme on Thursday 27 October 2005 as commissioned by the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

In this regard, the government has noted allegations of payment of surcharges levelled against more than two thousand companies internationally which participated in the oil-for-food programme including several South African entities.

Consequently, the Ministry of Justice is studying the contents of this report and will advise the government on the best course of action.

The government rejects the insinuation that its foreign policy has been compromised by the alleged activities of the few South African companies involved in the oil-for-food programme.

Accordingly, the government reiterates its oft-stated position that its foreign policy has always been principled and will remain consistent in pursuit of South Africa's national interests and in keeping with international law.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
P/Bag X152
Pretoria
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01 November 2005.

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