10 December 2012

Southern Africa: SADC Leaders Push Regional Stability

President Jacob Zuma on Sunday concluded a successful working visit to Tanzania, where he led a South African delegation to a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika meeting.

The meeting considered the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), receiving a report by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the current chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, on the evolving situation in the eastern part of the DRC.

The leaders urged all SADC member states to contribute towards the SADC Standby Force under the auspices of the Neutral International Force (NIF), and commended South Africa for pledging logistical support for the Standby Force.

The meeting also received a mediator's report on Madagascar, and emphasized the need for full implementation of the Roadmap for the country. A report on the facilitation process in Zimbabwe was also received.

Zuma said the meeting had "reaffirmed the commitment of our region to collectively pursue regional peace and stability, particularly with regard to the security situation in the eastern DRC."

Zuma's delegation included International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.


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