Minister Dlamini Zuma to lead South African Delegation to the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation

Pretoria - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma departed South Africa today, Thursday 3 August for Windhoek where she will lead a senior South African government delegation to the 8th meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation in Namibia on Friday 4 August 2006. The MCO is expected to make recommendations to the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit scheduled for 17-18 August 2006 in Maseru, Lesotho.

Minister Dlamini Zuma's participation in this ministerial meeting comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate the African agenda through South Africa's participation in SADC institutions.

Ministers Mosiuoa Lekota and Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Loretta Jacobus will accompany Minister Dlamini Zuma.

Issues on the agenda of the MCO are expected to include, among others:

  • Consideration of the reports of the Inter-State Politics and Defence Committee (ISPDC) and the Inter-State Defence and Security Committee (ISDSC);
  • Progress on the SADC Standby Force;
  • The status of the ratification, signature and accession to the Protocols related to the Organ; and
  • Preparations for the SADC Conference on Defence and Security Co-operation.

Minister Dlamini Zuma is expected to return to South Africa on Friday, 4 August 2006.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
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3 August 2006

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