SOUTH AFRICA TO ATTEND NAM MID-TERM MINISTERIAL MEETING IN BAKU

PRETORIA– Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Luwellyn Landers will lead the South African delegation to attend the 18th mid-term ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Thursday and Friday.

South Africa will take advantage of the meeting, to be held under the theme, “Promoting International Peace and Security for Sustainable Development”, to engage other NAM member nations on issues which include the reform of the United Nations Security Council, self-determination and nuclear disarmament.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation said in a statement here Wednesday that South Africa is a member of the NAM Special committee on Palestine, which has the mandate to co-ordinate NAM’s activities in support of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

The NAM Committee on Palestine will meet on the margins of the NAM ministerial meeting to review the situation and developments in the occupied Palestinian Territories. The Committee will make a proposal to the NAM ministerial meeting on a program to be adopted, aimed at advancing the cause of the Palestinian people, the department said.

South Africa will use the meeting to engage other NAM members on the initiative to mark the centenary of the birth and life of Nelson Mandela, which will be celebrated during the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in September 2018 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The Baku meeting is expected to adopt the final outcome document for the NAM mid-term ministerial meeting and the political declaration.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK