South African Government policy to deploy troops on peacekeeping missions through a variety of regional or bilateral arrangements, rather than restricting itself to United Nations’ deployments

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WRITTEN REPLY FOR QUESTION NO: 2720 (NW3198E)

PUBLISHED INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 33-2013 OF 18 OCTOBER 2013

Mr L S Ngonyama (Cope) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

Whether it is the Government’s policy to deploy troops on peacekeeping missions through a variety of regional or bilateral arrangements, rather than restricting itself to United Nations’ deployments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW3198E

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South Africa deploys to SADC and AU peace-keeping missions on the African Continent through the approval of the mandate by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

With regard to bilateral requests for the deployment of peacekeepers, South Africa does not deploy its troops on peacekeeping missions. South Africa engages countries bilaterally through Defence Agreements to assist with building capacity, peacebuilding and post conflict reconstruction and development programmes.

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