EU/South Africa Troika: joint press conference by Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South African Minister for Foreign Affairs, with the participation of Stefano Manservisi
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 03/06/2008 First transmission: 03/06/2008
The EU Troika ministerial meeting with South Africa took place in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, on 3 June 2008. On the EU side, it was headed by Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, and on the South African side by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South African Minister for Foreign Affairs. The European Commission was represented by Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of 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 included topics concerning the relations between South Africa and the EU (implementation of the strategic partnership, regional integration and political situation in 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, the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), negotiations within the World Trade Organization (WTO)).
After the Troika meeting, Dimitrij Rupel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma held a joint press conference. Stefano Manservisi, Director-General of DG Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States of the European Commission, also took part in the press conference to represent the EC.
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 Castle Congress Centre (3 shots)
||General view of the press conference room
||SOUNDBITE by Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, (in SLOVENIAN) (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South African Minister for Foreign Affairs, (in ENGLISH) saying that they discussed issues concerning Africa; they are looking forward to further discussions in France; they also discussed the issue of cooperation and support for UN Chapter 8, which is how to support regional organizations when they undertake peace missions on behalf of the Security Council. (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Stefano Manservisi, Director-General of DG Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States of the European Commission, (in ENGLISH) saying that their joint understanding and their joint commitment is eventually to have one single EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement) involving everybody; but this is not something which is committing so far South Africa to conclude everything by the end of the year because this is not something that has been agreed so far; so there is a sort of common work in order to achieve as much as possible the same result.
||SOUNDBITE by Dimitrij Rupel (in SLOVENIAN)
||SOUNDBITE by Stefano Manservisi (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission is working to prepare a communication identifying an approach to propose to China to work jointly in Africa, in order to sustain their joint effort to help Africa in reaching the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).
||SOUNDBITE by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (in ENGLISH) saying that she hopes that before China and the EU conclude this paper, Africa will be brought on board because it is a policy about them, so it should involve them in its development.
SOUNDBITE by Stefano Manservisi (in ENGLISH) saying that he agrees and that it is discussed with the African Union both in Brussels and in Addis Ababa.
||Leaving the press room