Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to host Non-Aligned
Movement (NAM) Ministerial Troika Meeting
Tshwane - South African Foreign
Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, in her capacity as the former Chair of the
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), will host a meeting of the NAM Troika, (comprising
South Africa, Malaysia and Cuba) in Cape Town scheduled from Thursday - Friday,
26-27 January 2006.
Foreign Ministers of Malaysia and Cuba Syed Hamid Albar
and Felipe Perez Roque respectively will attend the meeting in their capacities
as current and incoming Chairs of the NAM.
The NAM, with 114 member countries,
remains the largest political grouping of countries outside of the United Nations
itself. In this regard, South Africa has placed a high premium on membership of
this Movement in identifying areas of common concern and support for implementation
of the developmental agenda of the South and the African agenda in particular.
South Africa's tenure as Chair, Minister Dlamini Zuma initiated the Zimbali process
aimed at revitalisation of the Movement and its structures. This initiative was
followed up at the Kuala Lumpur Summit in 2003 which envisaged a more active role
for both NAM Ministers and the Troika, to enable a more rapid NAM response to
global developments of importance to the Movement. The meeting in South Africa
reflects the increasing involvement of NAM Ministers and the Ministerial Troika
in this regard.
The Cape Town meeting will be used to prepare for the meeting
of the NAM Ministerial Co-ordinating Bureau (CoB) in Kuala Lumpur in May 2006
and as a precursor to the XIV Summit in Havana, Cuba in September 2006.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
24 January 2006