Notes following Briefing by Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad, Imbizo
Media Centre, 120 Plein Street, Cape Town, Thursday 12 October 2006
me begin by dealing with the burning issues that we are confronted with almost
- The situation in Darfur
continues to be a matter of grave concern to us.
The UN Secretary-General's
September report highlights the reasons. He says: "The grave violations of
international human rights law and humanitarian law continue to be committed with
It's been three months since the Darfur Peace Agreement was signed.
However, instead of reconciliation and building of trust, we are witnessing intensified
violence and deeper polarisation. The region is again on the brink of a catastrophic
situation and he blames both the signatories and non-signatories who are continuing,
in his words "to violate their obligations under the Darfur Peace Agreement
and the N'Djamena Ceasefire Agreement.
He strongly appeals to those with
influence over the groups which have not signed the Darfur Peace Agreement to
put pressure on them to adhere to the spirit of the ceasefire and to join the
peace process. Under no circumstances will the violent pursuit of political goals
be accepted, and he reiterates the need to broaden political and popular support
for the peace agreement.
I call on the Government to ensure that all local
authorities in Darfur are reminded of their obligations under the status-of-forces
He mentions that we are at a critical stage. Insecurity in this
troubled region is at its highest levels and humanitarian access is at its lowest
levels since 2004.
He welcomed the fact that on September 20th, the AU
Peace and Security Council extended the mandate of the AU operation until 31 December
2006 and he called on the international community to give the AU force all the
support necessary to ensure it becomes successful.
However, he again reiterates
his view which is the view of the United Nations that a UN multidimensional operation,
in accordance with Security Council resolution 1706 (2006), would be the most
appropriate political approach to achieving lasting and sustainable peace and
that only such a truly international and impartial operation, with adequate resources
and capacity, and with strong African participation, can effectively support the
implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement.
However, as you know, the
Sudanese government continues to oppose any blue-hatting of the AU forces.
a joint AU-UN letter to President Bashir it was outlined that the UN will be supplying
109 UN military support, 23 logistical staff, 33 UN police advisors and 25 civilian
support staff to assist the AU forces and they will soon be sent to Darfur and
that there main task will be to help the AU operate under the maximum operational
control and that this deployment will try to deal with the concerns of the Sudanese
government and will be conducted in transparency with the full support of the
government of Sudan.
I am happy that in a letter from the President of
Sudan to the UN Secretary-General he says, "It has been our conviction that
the support of the United Nations and the International Community to AMIS is a
necessity, not only for the purpose of carrying out the functions assigned to
AMIS under the DPA, but also for the purposes of moral support to the African
Union in order to address with confidence similar future conflicts in the African
So they have welcomed this deployment of the UN Forces to support
AMIS and I think this is a good step in the right direction.
It is also
important to note that on the 26 September the UN Security Council by Resolution
1709 extended the UN Mission in Sudan to the 8th October 2006, that's in the rest
of Sudan, not in Darfur and as the Secretary-General said, the AU has now decided
to extend its mission until 31 December 2006.
However it has been decided
to expand the AMIS mission by 4000 troops bringing the mission to a total of 11000
and once again, it is expected that the present troop contributing countries will
increase their deployments and we will be able to meet this demand of 4000 troops.
UN will provide logistical and financial support for this increased involvement
and as you know, the Foreign Ministers of the Arab States did offer to provide
financial assistance to any AMIS forces in Darfur.
The Presidents of Sudan,
Gabon, Nigeria and Senegal will hold a summit on the Darfur crisis in Khartoum
on 17 October 2006. They will meet with the President of Sudan to once again see
if they can convince him of the importance of blue-hatting the AMIS troops and
we hope progress will be made on that score.
Republic of Congo
A new 500-member national assembly was inaugurated on
Friday 22 September 2006. This body replaces the transitional parliament formed
in accordance with the 2002 Sun City Agreement. This is regarded as a major landmark
as this is the first democratically elected parliament in the DRC for over 40
years. The installation of the new parliament is a major step towards the conclusion
of the transitional process.
In terms of the constitution of the DRC, the
majority party, or a coalition of parties, in Parliament will elect a Prime Minister.
Noting that no party or coalition won an outright majority in legislative elections,
political parties are forming alliances for the control of parliament. The Alliance
for Presidential Majority (AMP) of President Kabila's is reported to have teamed-up
with Mr A. Gizenga and Mr Nzanga Mobutu among others, thus giving them the required
majority to nominate a Prime Minister and form a government. In the interim, Parliament
is presided over by the oldest member seconded by the two youngest members.
MLC party of Vice President Bemba officially launched a new political platform
called "Union for the Nation" (UN) on 29 September in Kinshasa. The
aim of this political platform is to make sure that Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba is elected
as the new president. The platform also includes a number of less prominent presidential
candidates who lost during the first round of the presidential elections.
the opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) who boycotted the
30 July 2006 elections further renewed its unwillingness to accept the electoral
process under way in the Democratic Republic of Congo by refusing to back either
presidential candidate at the upcoming presidential run-off.
period for the provincial elections started on 28 September 2006.
election campaign is scheduled to start on 13 October 2006, 15 days before the
29 October 2006 elections.
South Africa will send a National Observer Mission
to observe the upcoming presidential run-off. The Mission will be deployed in
all eleven provinces from 22 October to 2 November 2006. In addition, an advance
team of observers will, however, be deployed as early as 11 October ahead of the
start of election campaign.
The transportation of the presidential and
provincial ballot papers was completed on 29 September 2006, five days ahead of
schedule. In this regard, we thank the SANDF for their excellent work. According
to the schedule the ballots had to be delivered to 14 hubs in the DRC by 2 October
to ensure further distribution by the DRC IEC and MONUC to over 50,000 voting
stations before the 29 October election.
I want to reiterate how pleased
we are that the preparations are going well. There have been no major incidents
The United Nations Security Council on 29 September 2006 extended
the mandate of MONUC, the UN mission to the DRC, till 15 February 2007, which
would otherwise have, expired at the end of September 2006. This is essential
for the continuation of the support the UNDP is providing towards the successful
completion of the electoral process in the DRC.
Representatives of both
President Kabila and Vice President Bemba have signed an agreement to make Kinshasa
a weapons free zone. This comes after the fighting that broke out between their
guards from 20-22 August 2006. The agreement seeks to reduce the risk of fighting
in Kinshasa and to reassure the citizens of the DRC that it is safe to vote during
the 29 October 2006 runoff elections.
The UN would deploy mixed street
patrols to enforce this commitment.
The continued support of the international
community of which South Africa is an integral part remains critical to ensuring
the completion of the electoral process in the DRC.
for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari will visit the DRC starting 13 October and
will meet with the key Congolese political actors and the Independent Electoral
Commission as well as with Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative
William Swing and his team. He will again reiterate the UN position of wanting
to ensure the elections are carried out successfully.
After his first visit
to the DRC, Mr Gambari will go to Cape Town, South Africa to, in addition to discussions
with government, launch on 16 October 2006, the first of a series of consultations
about the mediation in peace processes, involving experts from different world
regions. President Mbeki was to have opened this but will have to leave for the
AU Peace and Security Council Summit in Ethiopia.
We remain concerned that the two outstanding issues, the identification
of voters and the DDR process, have not been resolved despite the meetings that
took place in New York.
The meeting in New York could not come to any real
conclusions as to what happens after the passing of the election date (31 October
2006) and the parties are differing quite substantially on the nature of the transitional
arrangement after 31 October
The New York meeting then decided that ECOWAS,
which is the regional grouping would meet and then make a recommendation to the
AU Peace and Security Council which would then report to the United Nations Security
ECOWAS Summit held on Friday 6 October 2006 ended without a public
The recommendations made by ECOWAS leaders would be presented
to the African Union on 17 October 2006.
We want to once again make clear,
South Africa did not go and get involved in the issue because we had nothing to
do. We were requested by the AU and the then President of ECOWAS, President Obasanjo
to get involved at the time that the crisis was very serious and we will off course
accept the positions of the peace and security council on the way forward.
this stage we are concerned that smugglers in the war-divided Ivory Coast are
violating a UN imposed ban on diamond sales, exporting the gems illegally across
the border into neighbouring countries.
The draft report said between US$
9 million and US$ 24 million worth of diamonds mined in the rebel-held north of
the West African country are being sold on the international market each year.
report identified four major diamond dealers - an Ivorian, a Malian, a Belgian
and another whose nationality was not known - in the northern rebel town of Seguela
who it said were involved in the trade. It also cited two Belgian buyers who relocated
to Ghana following the outbreak of Ivory Coast's war.
Porous border and
poor controls are to blame for the illicit diamond trade, according to the UN
report. It is also our fear that if the borders are so porous, the possibility
of more arms reaching this area can become a serious problem in future.
you know, Minister Nqakula is now in Burundi trying to ensure that the Joint Monitoring
and Evaluation Mechanism which has been charged with overseeing the implementation
of the ceasefire accord between the government and the FNL which was launched
on Wednesday begins to function.
Again unfortunately, the FNL representatives
did not attend. However, as the Minister has indicated, it is our intention to
ensure that the Joint Verification Mechanism does begin functioning effectively.
Otherwise the durable peace will not be sustained.
The FNL delegation did
not come to the launch because they are saying their leader is being detained
in Bujumbura and he should be released before they can participate in this process.
is our view that the FNL knows that there is the Joint Liaison Team under the
Joint Verification Mechanism which could deal with the issue of political detainees
and that cannot be reason for them to not participate. We should try to deal with
all outstanding issues within this mechanism.
As the Minister has indicated
to the FNL, in the past week, the government has conceded to many of the FNL demands,
including the issuing of passports to the group's leaders and the proclamation
of a provisional immunity for the FNL leadership.
We do believe that this
verification mechanism which compromises 24 members representing Burundi's government
and the FNL is an effective mechanism to try to ensure we do move forward on this
process. The longer the ceasefire is not fully implemented, the longer this process
is in danger of collapse.
- Finally on the African scene, we are concerned
that the UN's World Food Programme is saying it will have to cut back on feeding
vulnerable Southern Africans because it does not have the funds to carry programmes
through the lean season and that they will face a shortfall of US$ 60 million
between December 2006 and March 2007 and that they have already scaled down some
of their operations in Zimbabwe which has affected some 450 000 people. It has
cut back the urban feeding programme, reduced school-feeding projects from 17
districts to 14 and suspended mobile feeding in all areas.
it had been expected that the WFP would feed at least 4 million people in the
region until March next year, when the next harvest is due.
the regional director has said, the needs in other parts of the world, as in Darfur
are very pressing and that in this context many Southern Africans will die because
they will not get the food to eat, but they will be recorded as deaths due to
AIDS-related illnesses in clinics.
Zimbabwe and Swaziland have been identified
as the most vulnerable countries. The May 2006 Zimbabwe Vulnerability assessment,
identified 1.4 million people as critically in need of food assistance. WFP requires
at least US$ 17 million just to get Zimbabwe through the lean season between harvests.
it is a serious problem to which South Africa cannot remain immune. South Africa
will have to try and assist the WFP in getting the necessary resources they need.
Unfortunately, the WFP says from long term assessments of the weather patterns
indicate that there will be another period of drought which does raise concerns
Deputy President To Consolidate Relations In Australasia
African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will pay an official visit to
Australasia that will see her visit Australia and New Zealand from 16-18 and 19-21
October respectively. Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka will be hosted by her counterparts
Prime Ministers John Howard and Helen Clark in Australia and New Zealand respectively.
President Mlambo-Ngcuka's visit to the region comes within the context of South
Africa's priority to maintain and further enhance support for NEPAD through countries
of the Commonwealth with a view to consolidating the African agenda.
President Mlambo-Ngcuka's delegation is expected to include Ministers of Trade
and Industry Mandisi Mphalwa and Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena and Deputy
Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad.
Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka will also use
this visit to promote South Africa's Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative
(AsgiSA) and Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA).
addition, the visit will be aimed at:
- Strengthening the political,
cultural and trade links between both countries;
- To re-evaluate diplomatic
relations between both countries and South Africa with the purpose of strengthening
these relations with a view to consolidating South-South co-operation;
opportunities for South African investors in both countries and identifying new
markets for South African exports;
- Sharing views on developments in Africa
Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka will in Australia
and New Zealand investigate opportunities for partnerships with both countries
in order to address:
- Infrastructure development;
- Sector investment
(or industrial) strategies;
- Skills and education initiatives;
- Macro-economic issues; and
- Public administration
While in Australia, Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka is also
expected to hold discussions with:
- The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
for Trade Mark Vaile;
- The Governor of New South Wales Professor Marie
- Representatives from the Queensland State Government on
Queensland's Skills Development Programme
- The Governor of the Australian
Reserve Bank Glenn Stevens
- Participate in a Business Forum co-hosted by
the Premier of the New South Wales Parliament and the President of the New South
Wales Legislative Council; and
- Participate in an Infrastructure Roundtable.
New Zealand, Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka is expected to hold discussions with
her counterpart Prime Minister Helen Clark, the Governor of the Reserve Bank Dr
Bollard, Minister of Economic Development Trevor Mallard, Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Finance Dr Michael Cullen, and the Governor-General and visit
the Whitireia Community Polytechnic.
Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka is expected
to return to South Africa on Saturday 21 October 2006.
Trade Statistics In Rand Value
Imports ||R 6,112,773,000||R
Economic relations with Australia are excellent.
Australia is South Africa's third largest partner in Asia, after Japan and the
People's Republic of China (PRC), and South Africa is Australia's biggest trading
partner on the African continent. 50% of Australian exports to Africa are earmarked
to South Africa. Access to the Australian market is simplified, since the regulatory
institutions are on a par with those in South Africa: i.e. similar legal and accounting
systems; similar banking and business culture; areas of historical commonality;
excellent sporting ties; with English the official language. Similarities in sectors
such as the wine industry, mining technology and equipment, and automotive components,
to name but a few, give rise to numerous joint venture/bilateral trade opportunities.
South Africa is Australia's 19th largest trading partner and is by far Australia's
largest and most dynamic market in Africa. In 2004, two-way merchandise trade
was valued at approximately $A2.8 billion. Australian exports to South Africa
were mainly coal, crude petroleum, and nickel and South African exports to Australia
were, notably passenger motor vehicles (mostly BMW 3 Series vehicles) worth $A554
million, as well as furniture, pig iron, paper and textile products.
investment flows between Australia and South Africa has expanded since the collapse
of apartheid. South Africa dominates stocks of African investment into Australia
(currently the 17th largest foreign investor - up from 23rd in 1993-1994). Australian
investment in South Africa has also increased - mainly in mining, mining equipment,
agriculture, agribusiness and infrastructure and services and trade - and dominates
Australian investment into Africa. Australia is a big investor in South Africa,
and the merger in the 1990's Australian BHP Billiton and South African Gencor,
created the largest mining company in the world. However, South African investment
in Australia still exceed Australian investment in South Africa by about 2 to
A South African - Australian Joint Ministerial Commission was established
on 10 July 1997. The JMC was created to provide a framework through which to strengthen
the bilateral and particularly the commercial relationship between South Africa
and Australia. Issues discussed included a number of key areas such as co-operation
in competition and consumer policy, standards and conformance, automotive, science
and technology, landcare and conservation, agriculture and fisheries, mining,
services and education.
The JMC is an interactive forum, in which government
and business from the two countries meet. It is an opportunity for business leaders
to meet government leaders and to interact with colleagues in the business world.
It is also an opportunity to influence the policies of both countries as they
relate to bilateral trade and investment.
Business has an important and
active role to play in making the JMC a success. At the 3rd JMC, held in Pretoria
in October 2006, the Minister for Trade Mr Vaile was accompanied by a 28 member
strong business delegation. Ministers considered recommendations from four Industry
Committees - Mining and Steel, Infrastructure, Services and Agribusiness - aimed
at improving the trade and investment relationship between Australia and South
The 4th JMC will be co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Trade Mr Vaile and Minister Mphalwa, the South African Minister of
Trade and Industry.
Areas of mutual sectoral activity (RSA/Australia),
which might at first glance suggest competitiveness vis-a-vis such third markets,
are in fact areas of complementarity, given the demand from high volume markets
on Australia's doorstep.
Numerous high-level South African delegations
visit Australia on an ongoing basis. This growing trend has been reciprocated
with an increasing number of business (investments) to South African missions
from Australia to South Africa and growing interaction in the area of people to
people co-operation. The Australian Capital Territory and the City of Tshwane
are in the process of negotiating a twinning agreement. Several high-level delegations
from Parliament, the South African Defence Force, the South African Police Services
and Provincial Governments visit Australia to gain expertise in their different
fields, and exchange knowledge and skills with their Australian counterparts.
The Minister for Minerals and Energy visits Australia at least once a year, and
so do other South African Cabinet Ministers.
Africa and Australia have a history of productive cooperation across a range of
issues, notably the WTO, the Cairns Group, human rights, fisheries protection,
the Commission for Conservation and Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR),
the Kimberley Process on conflict diamonds, law enforcement, defence relations,
customs cooperation, the New World Wine Producers Group and the Indian Ocean Rim
Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC). A Joint Ministerial Statement
on Mutual Cooperation on Migration, Refugees, Irregular Migration and People Smuggling
was issued in August 2002.
Australia has become home to approximately
100 000 South Africans. They play a significant part in the Australian economy,
with many in high-ranking managerial positions.
foreign policy priority, leads to it investing substantial amounts of money into
the African region, by means of foreign direct investments as well as overseas
development assistance (ODA). South Africa receives priority when it comes to
development co-operation and assistance with Australia providing approximately
R480 million in development assistance to South Africa since 1994.
co-operation between South Africa and Australia is manifested in a bilateral strategic
programme, which focuses Australian assistance more tightly on South Africa and
Mozambique in Southern Africa, with Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in East Africa,
benefiting from, international and NGO programmes. Australia recognises that the
success of the South African economy has critical implications for the success
of the economy of the Southern Africa region. Australia's Official Development
Assistance (ODA), which forms an integral part of Australia's engagement with
developing countries, is well focused on Africa and illustrates their commitment
to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.
has responded to the needs and priorities of South Africa by setting up and funding
the Australia South Africa Institutional Links Program (South Africa Links). Through
this program, linkages are set up between Australian and South African higher
education institutions which collaborate on mutually beneficial activities that
address priority issues, and increase the capacity of the development of the country.
Since 1999, AusAID assistance has been aimed primarily at building partnerships
between Australia and South Africa in a way that reduced poverty and achieved
sustainable development with a strong focus on governance issues and targeted
Australia is continuing to support post-apartheid
transformation, with an increased emphasis on governance (particularly in macro-economic
and financial management, legal and judicial systems and broader public sector
reform processes), health (particularly HIV/AIDS), education and food security.
Prime Minister Helen Clarke is a member
of the "Progressive Governance of the 21st Century" grouping.
Africa is New Zealand's primary market in sub-Saharan Africa, given its unique
combination of a first-world economic infrastructure and large emerging market
economy. The gradual opening of the South African economy to international competition
and the stable and well managed political and macro-economic environment, is viewed
as offering potential investors a profitable base from which to launch their Southern
Since 1990, bilateral trade has increased nine-fold to
the point where South Africa is currently New Zealand's 33rd most important export
market and 18th most important source of visitors. In 2004, New Zealand exported
goods to the value of $101.7 million to South Africa, and purchased $129.2 million
worth of South African products.
The main exports are milk and cream,
cheese, curd and mutton. The major import is wine.
As a consequence of
the developing dairy product market in Southern African countries, the New Zealand
Dairy Board opened an office in Johannesburg in 1992. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
(NZTE) has representation in Johannesburg. A New Zealand-South Africa Business
Council has been established in New Zealand to promote trade and economic linkages
with South Africa.
Trade Statistics In Rand Value
with New Zealand
Imports ||R 486,602,000||R
As of this
morning, there is still no agreement as to whether a nuclear weapon was tested.
hope the matter will be resolved speedily.
We are very seriously concerned
if a nuclear weapon was tested, as we are opposed to any proliferation of weapons
of mass destruction, we also call on all nuclear states to accept their commitments
under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. If North Korea has tested a weapon,
it will make it the 9th nuclear state in the world.
We really want all nuclear
weapons to be removed from the arsenal of all 9 states. If these tests are confirmed,
we believe this will be a serious blow and will undermine the non-proliferation
of weapons of mass destruction and increase the possibility of aarms race including
nuclear weapons in the region, which will threaten international peace and security.
We once again call on all parties, especially the North Koreans, to return to
the 6-Party Talks. We believe this is the only option for discussions during which
all concerns can be tabled, including the fears of North Korea that plans are
being made to invade their country and the use of nuclear weapons against them.
The UN discussions have not been conclusive in the last few days and until last
night's session, there had been no progress on the draft resolution that is being
We hope that through the UN processes, and as the Secretary-General
has said, we can get a resumption of the 6-Party Talks so that we can deal with
concerns and ensure that peace and security is maintained in the region.
We have not been informed about the progressive regarding the continuing
discussions on the Iranian nuclear issue.
Today in Vienna, representatives
of the P5+ Germany are meeting to discuss the progress in this matter. They will
report to the Security Council.
Questions and answers
Deputy Minister Pahad, regarding Darfur, the government of Sudan has been accused
of being part of the conflict. Why is the UN and the international community still
unable to act without their consent?
Answer As the Secretary-General
has said, blame for the continuing carnage can be laid on all the signatories
and non-signatories to the process. And according to the UN Charter, you cannot
deploy UN forces without the consent of the host country. This is only possible
to protect civilians against genocide. And therefore, all efforts must continue
to convince the government of Sudan that it is in the interests of all that the
AMIS be blue-hatted. Without it becoming a UN force, and the majority of the force
can be African, we believe the technological and financial support and the contribution
to the force will not be forthcoming. If UN forces go without the consent of the
government few countries will be willing to contribute their troops to such a
force. Some of the groups have warned they will declare a war against the UN forces.
We hope the meeting of the Presidents of the region will deal with some of the
concerns of the Sudanese government and help find a solution.
Question Deputy Minister, how would the South African
government react to the criticism that we have been too soft on the North Korean
Answer I am not sure why we are accused of being soft on North
Korea. We have consistently stated, when we visited North Korea and when their
Deputy Foreign Minister visited South Africa, that we are totally opposed to the
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We listened to their concerns but
reiterated that they should return to the 6-Party Talks.
We expressed our
serious concern to reports that the tests have been undertaken and we will continue
to express our concerns.
Question Deputy Minister Pahad, what is
the most acceptable global response to the North Korean issue?
There are two schools of thought emerging at the UN - the international response,
including from those who are opposing Chapter 7 sanctions, has been quite strong
in expressing deep concern. We would agree with those views of concern being expressed
by the international community for the reasons I earlier mentioned. It will change
the balance of forces and lead to an escalated arms race and this will threaten
the stability of the whole region and indeed further afield.
We do hope
discussions at the Security Council, we are not yet members of the Security Council,
only the P5 have been meeting, will reach a consensus.
if there is a nuclear weapons programme, there will be a strong demand for Chapter
Japan has already imposed its own sanctions.
of close neighbours - Russia and China must also be taken into account. Both have
expressed deep concerns.
A clear united message must emerge from the Security
Question Deputy Minister Pahad, you mentioned
the challenges facing the World Food Programme - how will South Africa assist?
We have over the years always contributed to the World Food Programme. But
the extent of the problem necessitates an international response. We will continue
to make our contribution and see what other measures can be adopted to assist
the region. This may be a short term solution but we have been arguing for long-term
solution given climate change and its implications. We are through SADC, looking
for a long-term solution. This is now too big a problem.
We will ask our
relevant cluster committees to assess this report more fully and to come up with
a comprehensive response.
Question Deputy Minister Pahad, does South
Africa support sanctions against North Korea?
Answer If Chapter 7
sanctions are being imposed, we will have no choice but to comply. We will have
no alternative if Chapter 7 sanctions are agreed to by the P5 and accepted by
the Security Council.
We have no real economic, technological or scientific
relations with North Korea so this will have to be a matter that is decided by
the P5. We would have no alternative but to implement the decisions of the Security
Question Deputy Minister Pahad, President Mbeki suggested
that we would support India at the nuclear suppliers meeting. Can you comment
Answer Our representatives in Geneva and UN are looking
at this implications of the deal between India and the US. These discussions have
not been completed. President has indicated that within the context of a USA-India
deal, as a member of the nuclear suppliers group, we would support the programme
for peaceful purposes of India's technology and other material that is prohibited
under the NPT and IAEA for countries who are not members. The President has indicated
that we look at this favourably. This was based on the explanations and assurances
given to us by the Indian government. We will look at the details after the India-USA
discussions are concluded and determine our position based on our discussions
with the various role players.
Issued by Department of Foreign Affairs
12 October 2006