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Cablegate: South African Attendance at Unga

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INFO RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE
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NEW YORK FOR USUN/POL (MCBRIDE)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL ITRA OVIP AORC UNGA SF
SUBJECT: SOUTH AFRICAN ATTENDANCE AT UNGA

REF: A. SECSTATE 101170
B. SECSTATE 104172

(SBU) Following is Post's information on attendance of South
African Government (SAG) officials at the 62nd UNGA General
Debate. The SAG has not finalized its delegation list, but
Department of Foreign Affairs staff told Post July 31 that
they expect the President, Foreign Minister, the President's
Legal Advisor, and at least one DFA Deputy Director General
(A/S equivalent) to attend. Other Ministerial-level
attendance is also possible. DFA Protocol expects to have
more detailed information about SAG delegation members after
15 August.

A. Attendance of Head of State

-- Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa

-- No information on arrival or departure dates. DFA expects
President to stay in New York for two to three working days.

-- Not certain if Mrs. Mbeki will travel with President.

-- No interpretation required in meetings.


B. Attendance of Head of Government

-- President Mbeki serves as both Head of Government and Head
of State


C. Attendance of Foreign Minister

-- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

-- No information on arrival or departure dates. DFA expects
ForMin to stay in New York for approximately two weeks.

-- Not married.

-- No interpretation required in meetings.


D. Attendance of other host country VIPs

-- Possible that Minister for Environmental Affairs and
Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk will attend UNGA given the
UNSYG's focus on climate change. No information on arrival
or departure dates. No interpretation required.


E. Attendance of Foreign Ministry Official responsible for IO
affairs or official who is regular interlocutor of A/S Frazer

-- Likely that Ambassador S. George Nene, DFA Deputy Director
General: Multilateral Affairs (IO A/S equivalent), will
attend UNGA. No information on arrival or departure dates.
No interpretation required.

-- Likely that Advocate Mojanku Gumbi, Legal Advisor to the
President, will attend UNGA. No information on arrival or
departure dates. No interpretation required.

-- Possible that Ambassador Kingsley Mamabolo, DFA Deputy
Director General: Bilateral African Affairs, and Ambassador
Jesse Duarte, Deputy Director General: Multilateral African
Affairs, will attend UNGA. No interpretation required.

Bost

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