EU Troika – Republic of South Africa: extracts from the press conference
Première transmission: 03/06/2008
Fin de production: 03/06/2008
The EU Troika ministerial meeting with South Africa will take place in Brdo pri Kranju on 3 June 2008. On the EU side, it will be headed by the President of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council, Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, and on South African side by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma. The European Commission will be represented by Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.
The partnership between the EU and the Republic of South Africa is based on the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of South Africa, which took effect on 1 May 2004. The EU and the Republic of South Africa entered into a strategic partnership in May 2006, by which both sides wish to strengthen political and other relations in the long run.
The agenda of the ministerial Troika includes topics concerning the relations between the Republic of South Africa and the EU (implementation of the strategic partnership, regional integration and political situation in the Republic of South Africa); the situation in the region (implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the situation in the Great Lakes region, Sudan, Chad, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Somalia and the Comoros); and current international issues (Middle East Peace Process, Western Balkans, EU-China-Africa relations, ESDP, negotiations within the WTO).
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior views of the Brdo Congress center (3 shots)
||General view of the press conference
||Statement (in SLOVENIAN) by Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council (3 shots).
||Statement (in ENGLISH) by Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, South African Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the issues they discussed (3 shots)
||Statement (in ENGLISH) by ??? saying that there is a sort of common work in order to achieve as much as possible the same result
||Statement (in SLOVENIAN) by Dimitrij Rupel.
||Statement (in ENGLISH) by ??? that they are preparing a communication identifying an approach to propose to China to work jointly in Africa, in order to sustain the joint effort to help Africa.
||Statement (in ENGLISH) by Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, saying that she hopes that before that China and the EU conclude this paper, Africa will be brought on board because it is a policy about them ! (3 shots)
||Ministers leaving the press room