President Mbeki to Address NAM Opening Session
- South African President Thabo Mbeki, will later today Friday 15 September 2006
address the opening plenary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Havana,
Cuba, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Group of 77 + China (G-77 + China).
Thabo Mbeki accompanied by Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma landed in
Havana last night Thursday 14 September 2006 from Brazil, where President Mbeki
led the South African delegation to the India-Brazil-SA (IBSA) Heads of State
and Government Summit held in Brasilia on Wednesday 13 September.
Mbeki will participate in the NAM Summit within the context of South Africa's
commitment to promote South-South co-operation through, among others, the revitalisation
of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to effectively position it to play a meaningful
and strategic role in global affairs.
President Mbeki's delegation includes
Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and Foreign Affairs Director-General Dr Ayanda
Ntsaluba and senior government officials.
Issues on the agenda of the NAM
are likely to include, among others:
- Poverty and under-development;
and security; and
- Restructuring of the global exercise of power.
East situation including Palestine and Israel
- Situation in Iraq and Iran
comprehensive reform of the United Nations system
- And progress towards
attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.
At the end of the
NAM Summit scheduled for Sunday 17 September, both President Mbeki and Foreign
Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will proceed to New York, USA, for the 61st
Session of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled for Monday - Wednesday
18-20 September 2006.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152