Presidency seeking solutions to conflict resolution costs
20 Feb 2011
Government is in discussions with the African Union (AU) to discuss arrangements relating to African Union conflict resolution missions that South Africa has to contribute to, including that of the Sudan in which former President Thabo Mbeki is involved.
Former President Mbeki was appointed by the AU to head the High Level Implementation Panel to solve the conflict in Darfur. The mission was later extended to include issues of Southern Sudan.
South Africa remains fully committed to supporting the African Union, its structures and regional organisations in working for peace, stability and sustainable development in our continent. However, there is the reality of budgetary and resource constraints within government departments that have to contribute to the success of the missions.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has already been engaging the African Union regarding the funding and logistics of South Africa's contribution to the Sudanese mission, with a view to finding a workable and sustainable solution.
Media reports suggesting that the move is designed to "clip the wings” of former President Mbeki are incorrect and misleading.
The Presidency will continue to provide support to former presidents and deputy presidents, guided by the regulations and available resources.
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Source: The Presidency
Issued by: The Presidency
20 Feb 2011
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