Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad to Visit DRC as part of SADC Delegation, 14 - 15 July 2006

Pretoria - South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad will join a delegation of SADC Ministers who will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to assess its readiness to hold its first elections in more than 40 years elections from Friday - Saturday, 14-15 July 2006. Deputy Minister Pahad will join Ministers from Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Botswana and Zambia.

Deputy Minister Pahad's participation in the SADC Ministerial visit to the DRC comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate the African agenda through the successful implementation of peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction and development in among others, the DRC.

This visit to the DRC by the SADC Ministers follows the recommendation of the SADC Meeting of the Inter-State Politics and Diplomacy Committee on 15 June 2006 that a SADC Ministerial Delegation comprising Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence should visit the DRC and hold consultations on the best ways to encourage all political forces and other stakeholders to consolidate achievements already made.

In this regard, while in the DRC the SADC delegation is expected to receive briefings from the:

  • DRC government on the preparations for elections;
  • Independent Electoral Commission;
  • MONUC team covering the political and security situation and the electoral logistics; and
  • Representatives of the European Union.

Deputy Minister Pahad will return to South Africa on Sunday, 16 July 2006.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

13 July 2006

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