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11 Sep 2009 description

Kleinmond, South Africa

We, the leaders of South Africa (SA) and the European Union (EU), meeting today in Kleinmond, reaffirm our commitment to our strategic partnership based on shared values and interests, including the promotion of peace and security, human rights, democracy, the rule of law and sustainable development regionally and globally.

We pay tribute to the victims of the outrageous events on this very day eight years ago, and also recall the untimely passing of Anna Lindh, the Swedish Foreign Minister, on this day in 2003.

23 Jan 2009 description

Pretoria - A Boeing 747 carrying humanitarian aid contributed by the South African public and co-ordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Gift of the Givers Organisation, the South African Council of Churches, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference and Cosatu earlier today Friday 23 January 2009 arrived in Egypt en-route to Gaza.

The flight, carrying 84 tons of supplies including: medical equipment, medicines, other medical supplies, high energy and protein supplements, plaster of paris, bottled water, cooking oil, milk powder, glucose biscuits, generators, …

13 Dec 2006 description

Pretoria - The South African government today Wednesday 13 December 2006 expressed its disappointment at the decision by the government of Israel not to grant permission to the mission mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to investigate the deaths of the 19 Palestinians in Beit Hanoun in November and called on the government of Israel to reconsider its decision.

The South African government reiterates its opposition to the principle of collective punishment and therefore welcomed the United Nations investigation.

21 Aug 2006 description

Pretoria - The South African Government is concerned by the developments in Gaza where the Deputy Prime Minister of Palestine, Nasser Shaer, and the Secretary General of the Palestinian Legislative Council Dr Al Ramahi was arrested by the Israeli military.

10 Jan 2005 description

The South African Observer Mission to the Palestinian Elections takes this opportunity to congratulate the President-elect, on his election as President of the Palestinian National Authority. We would further wish to commend the other candidates for the dignified manner in which they carried out their campaigns.

May we congratulate the Central Electoral Commission on the manner in which they conducted the election.

09 Jan 2005 description

The South African Delegation to Palestine, participating in observing the Presidential elections, travelled to Gaza on 8 January 2005, a day ahead of the elections.

Meetings were held with senior Palestinian Authority leaders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC) and representatives of various political parties, including Fatah, PFLP, DFLP and FIDA.

04 Jan 2005 description

Pretoria - The South African Government is sending a high profile election observer delegation to Palestine, ahead of the Palestinian Presidential Election, to be held on 9 January 2005.

24 Jul 2002 description

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms the first delivery of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian National Authority on Wednesday, 24 July 2002. The second delivery is expected on Thursday, 25 July.

The aid was organised by the Gift of Givers Foundation led by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman.