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.
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.
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.
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.
meeting will discuss among other issues:
- The status of bilateral relations
between SA and Yemen
- Regional developments in Africa and the Middle East
- An exchange of views on the reform of the UN system
by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853
Department of Foreign Affairs