Minister Dlamini Zuma to attend International Working Group
Meeting on Côte d'Ivoire
Pretoria - South African Foreign Minister
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will attend the 9th session of the International Working
Group Meeting (IWG) on Côte d'Ivoire in Abidjan on Thursday 20 July 2006.
Dlamini Zuma's participation in the IWG comes within the context of South Africa's
commitment to support the leadership and people of Côte d'Ivoire to find
a political solution to their current challenges.
This session of the IWG
also follows discussions between President Mbeki and the United Nations Secretary
General Kofi Annan with the leadership of Côte d'Ivoire on Wednesday, 5
Issues on the agenda of the 9th IWG are expected to include the
disarmament process and preparations for elections scheduled for October 2006.
the 8th IWG meeting on 23 June 2006, concern was expressed at the delay in the
commencement of the disarmament process. The Group also noted the limited time
left for the implementation of the roadmap and urged all the roleplayers to accelerate
Military dialogue between the two Chiefs of Staff continues
to focus on the reorganisation of the Ivorian army, the creation of an integrated
military headquarters and the upgrading of its ranks.
Prime Minister Banny
has also embarked on a sensitisation programme ahead of the national identification
process while the budget for the election process has been approved. The Independent
Electoral Commission has begun to make preparations for the implementation of
programmes i.e. the launch of regional and local commissions.
Dlamini Zuma is expected to return to South Africa on Sunday 23 July 2006.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
18 July 2006