Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad to Attend 5th Nordic-Africa Ministerial Consultations, Cotonou, Benin

Tshwane - South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad will today Tuesday, 10 January 2006 depart for Cotonou, Benin where he will attend the 5th Nordic-Africa Ministerial consultations scheduled from Thursday - Saturday 12-14 January 2006.

Deputy Minister Pahad's participation in the Nordic-Africa meeting comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to promote North-South co-operation in support of the African Agenda.

In this regard, Nordic and African Foreign Ministers from Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark are expected to deliberate on the following issues:

  • The Peace and Security Organ in Africa and current challenges;
  • The African Peer Review Mechanism;
  • The Prevention of Conflicts in Africa;
  • Democracy, Human Rights and Political Governance; and
  • Children and Armed Conflicts in Africa.

Deputy Minister Pahad is expected to return to South Africa on Sunday, 15 January 2006.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

10 January 2006

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