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
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.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
16 March 2006