Status on the Talks of the UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan with the South African Government regarding a Visit to Zimbabwe

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 533

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 13 OF 26 MAY 2006

Dr P W A Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs:†

(1) Whether the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Kofi Annan, has held talks with the Government regarding a visit that he will be paying to Zimbabwe; if so, (a) for when has such a visit by Mr Annan been scheduled, (b) what are the related conditions and (c) what will be the purpose of his visit;

(2) whether the government of Zimbabwe was involved in these talks; if not,

(3) whether the Government will consider asking Mr Annan to visit Zimbabwe with a view to making a contribution towards the solution of the political and economical problems being experienced over there; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? N652E

REPLY:

Answer

1.Yes.

(a) No visit took place. The discussions between Mr Kofi Annan and the President of Zimbabwe took place in Banjul. They decided that the visit was not necessary at that stage.


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