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Comminique of the Extraordinary Summit Heads of State and Government of the SADC Windhoek, Republic of Namibia
May 20, 2011

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Windhoek, Republic of Namibia

1. The Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia on May 20, 2011.

2. The Summit was officially opened by His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia and SADC Chairperson.

3. The Summit was attended by the following Heads of State and Government or their representatives:

Botswana : H.E. Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama,
DRC : H.E. Joseph Kabila Kabange
Mauritius : Dr. the Hon. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK
Mozambique : H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza
Namibia : H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba
Tanzania : H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
Zambia : H.E. Rupiah Bwezani Banda
Zimbabwe : H.E. Robert Gabriel Mugabe
Lesotho : The Hon. Mr. Lesao A Lehohla, Deputy Prime Minister
Angola : Hon. George Chicotty, Minister of External Relations
Malawi : Hon. Eta E Banda, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs
South Africa : H.E. YLM Myakayaka-Manzini, South African High Commissioner to Namibia
Swaziland : Hon. Rev. David Mathse, Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs

4. The Summit was also attended by SADC Executive Secretary Dr. Tomaz A.Salomão.

5. In attendance at the Summit was also H.E. Joaquim A. Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique, and SADC Mediator on Madagascar.

6. Summit received and considered the Report of the Committee of Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General on the review of the Role, Responsibilities and Terms of Reference of the SADC Tribunal in accordance with Summit Decision 20 of August 2010 taken in Windhoek, Namibia.

7. Summit decided as follows:

  • mandated the Ministers of Justice/Attorneys General to initiate the process aimed at amending the relevant SADC legal instruments and submit a progress report at the Summit in August 2011 and the final report to Summit in August 2012;
  • not to reappoint members of the Tribunal whose term of office expired on
    August 31, 2010; and
  • not to replace members of the Tribunal whose term of office will expire on October 31, 2011.

8. Summit further reiterated the moratorium on receiving any new cases or hearings of any cases by the Tribunal until the SADC Protocol on the Tribunal has been reviewed and approved.

9. Summit also received a report on preparations for the 2nd Tripartite Council and Summit to be held on June 12, 2011 at Sandton, South Africa, noting, amongst other, progress made towards the launching of negotiations for the COMESAEAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area.

10. Summit endorsed the pillars of the Tripartite integration process as market integration, infrastructure development and industrial development.

11. Summit considered the report of the SADC Mediator on Madagascar, His Excellency Joaquim A. Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique, noting the development of the roadmap for returning that country to constitutional normalcy.

12. The Summit commended His Excellency Joaquim A. Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique, and SADC Mediator on Madagascar for his efforts in bringing together the Malagasy stakeholders in the process of reconciliation and finding a lasting solution for that country.

13. Summit reiterated the need for an all inclusive political process towards finding a lasting solution of the challenges facing the country. In this regard, Summit mandated the SADC Chairperson, Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and SADC Mediator on Madagascar to, as soon as possible, convene a meeting with all Malagasy stakeholders to be held at SADC Headquarters in Gaborone Botswana.

14. Summit expressed sympathy and solidarity with the members of the Angolan and Namibian populations who have been adversely affected by the recent floods.

15. The Summit expressed its appreciation to the Government and People of the Republic of Namibia for the warm hospitality extended to all delegates and facilities placed at their disposal that made this Summit a success.

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