Provisions informing the Government’s foreign policy with regard to countries experiencing citizen unrest directed at incumbent leaders and the impact the Government’s standpoint has on international relations

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WRITTEN REPLY FOR QUESTION NO: 2698 (NW3195E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 32-2013 0F 11 OCTOBER 2013

Mr N J J van R Koornhof (Cope) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

What (a) provisions inform the Government’s foreign policy with regard to countries experiencing citizen unrest directed at incumbent leaders and (b) impact has the Government’s standpoint had on international relations in this regard? NW3195E

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(a) South Africa committed to the peaceful resolution of conflicts and in the constitutional change of governments. South Africa firmly believes that conflicts can be resolved through an all-inclusive dialogue whose outcome reflects the will of the people. Our foreign policy is aligned with the decisions of the African Union with respect to opposing the unconstitutional change of government.

(b) The Government supports the AU’s region-driven peace-building processes which have helped to enhance stability on the continent and to negate interference on the continent by external powers.

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