Will the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and/or the Government send any representatives to the Republic of Burundi to participate in election observer missions

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QUESTION NO: 1566 (NW1778E) AS PUBLISHED IN IQP NO.11-2015 OF 24 APRIL 2015

MR S MOKGALAPA (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

(1) Will her department and/or the Government be sending any representatives to the Republic of Burundi to participate in election observer missions; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) Will her department and/or the Government be sending any representatives to the Republic of Burundi as election observers as part of a larger African Union mission for the specified country’s national general election later this year; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

REPLY:

(1) South Africa will not send an independent observer mission to Burundi to monitor the 2015 General Elections.

(2) As a member of the African Union (AU), South Africa would positively consider sending its representatives to participate in the African Union (AU) Elections Observer Mission, should such an invitation be extended by the African Union (AU).

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