President Mbeki to Address NAM Opening Session

Havana - 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).

President 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.

President 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;
  • Peace and security; and
  • Restructuring of the global exercise of power.
  • Middle East situation including Palestine and Israel
  • Situation in Iraq and Iran
  • Terrorism
  • The 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

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15 September 2006

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