Minister Dlamini Zuma to Attend AU Committee of 10 Meeting on the UN Reform

Addis Ababa- South African Foreign Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will, today Thursday 12 May 2005 depart from the United Arab Emirates for Ethiopia where she will lead a South African Government delegation to the African Union Committee of 10 Foreign Ministers meeting in Ethiopia on Friday 13 May 2005 to deliberate on the reform of the United Nations.

Minister Dlamini Zuma was in the United Arab Emirates as part of a four-nation Middle East and Asia region visit aimed at expanding the frontiers of trade, investment and tourism opportunities between South Africa and the Middle East and Asia region in general. This follows her visit to the region in December 2004.

The Committee of 10 African Union Foreign Ministers was formed following the adoption of the Ezwulini Consensus by the African Union's Executive Council of Foreign Ministers as Africa's official position on the reform of the UN Security Council, development and security issues.

The Ezulwini Consensus proposes, among others, two permanent seats and five non-permanent seats for Africa on the reformed UN Security Council.

In this regard, the African Union's Executive Council established and charged the Committee of 10 Foreign Ministers with the responsibility of popularising and mobilising support for Africa's position regarding the reform of the UN Security Council including interaction with both the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the UN General Assembly President Jean Ping.

Minister Dlamini Zuma will return to her duties in the Middle East and Asia Region with a visit to Yemen on Saturday 14 May 2005 where she is scheduled to hold political and economic bilateral discussions with Foreign Minister Dr. Abu Bakr Al-Qurabi.

The meeting will discuss among other issues:

  • The status of bilateral relations between SA and Yemen
  • Regional developments in Africa and the Middle East and Asia
  • An exchange of views on the reform of the UN system

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
P/Bag X152
Pretoria
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12 May 2005.

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