SADC troika to discuss regional security

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will lead a high-level delegation to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika meeting, which is expected to tackle the political and security situation in the region and SADC's role in the DRC.

The meeting will be held in the Zambian border town of Livingstone on Thursday, 31 March. It will be used as a platform to consolidate the African Agenda, deepen regional integration efforts and strengthen the regional governance structures of SADC.

The Troika Summit will be preceded by the Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Politics (MCO) on Tuesday, 29 March. South Africa will be represented by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane.

The summit on Thursday will also report on the implementation of summit decisions, debate matters relating to the consolidation of democracy in the region, and consider progress reports on the security situation in the region.

South Africa will assume the chair of the organ in August 2011 - 2012. Its role as a member of the troika will include to collectively lead SADC in implementing its peace and security agenda and to give policy direction between the summits.