Minister Dlamini Zuma to Attend International Working Group Meeting on Côte d'Ivoire

Kinshasa - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will today Thursday 16 March 2006, at the conclusion of the South Africa - Democratic Republic of Congo Binational Commission in Kinshasa, proceed to Abidjan where she will lead a South African delegation to the fifth meeting of the International Working Group on Côte d'Ivoire scheduled for Friday, 17 March 2006.

Minister Dlamini Zuma's participation in the International Working Group meeting comes within the context of South Africa's priority to ensure success in the implementation of peace processes.

The Ministerial International Working Group on Côte d'Ivoire, is co-chaired by Minister Rodolphe Adada of Congo-Brazzaville as chair of the African Union and the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General Pierre Schori and includes Nigeria, South Africa, Benin, Ghana, Niger, France, United States of America, Britain, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Union, and ECOWAS, and is tasked by the African Union with evaluating, controlling and monitoring the implementation of the Ivorian Peace Process.

This session of the Working Group meeting takes place in the context of the recent summit of key Ivorian leaders - President Gbagbo, New Forces leader Guillaume Soro, and the two main opposition leaders Alassane Ouattara (Rally of the Republicans) and Henri Konan Bedié (the Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire) - in Abidjan on 1 March 2006, during which all parties re-committed themselves to the implementation of the peace process and the operationalisation of Independent Electoral Commission.

The United Nations Security Council will receive a report from the Secretary-General's Special Representative Pierre Schori, following which it will review the progress made in the implementation of the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire and preparations for forthcoming elections.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

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16 March 2006

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