SA reiterates call for peace in Mali

The South Africa government has reiterated its call for all role players in Mali to double their efforts to ensure that peace prevails in that country.

“South Africa remains committed to the resolution of conflict through peaceful means,” said International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Speaking on the sidelines of the South Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo Bi-national Commission currently underway in Pretoria, Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa was concerned about the reported violation of human rights and the deteriorating humanitarian situation resulting from the seizure of parts of Mali’s territory, which is compounded by drought and recent floods across the Sahel region.

The minister said South Africa was particularly concerned about political instability in Mali especially in the northern region, where the rebel movements have seized the territory from the central government.

She said the South African government would abide by all resolutions and decisions taken by the relevant international institutions, including the African Union and United Nations Security Council.

South Africa further encouraged the transitional government of Mali to return to democratic governance within the framework of its national constitution and within the stipulated timeframe, added Nkoana-Mashabane.

“South Africa is a strong supporter of a rules-based multilateral system.”

Last week, AU Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma visited Mali in a bid to resolve the crisis.

Meanwhile, with regard to the BRICS Summit, to be held in South Africa next year, Nkoana-Mashabane said plans were well on track.

Next year’s summit will be the 5th BRICS Summit and will be the first to be hosted in Africa.

South Africa was admitted to the economic bloc of emerging markets which includes Brazil, Russia, India and China in 2010.

Among the key decisions expected to come out of the South Africa summit is the formation of a BRICS Development Bank. –