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of the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of
the Southern African Development Community, Luanda, Angola
June 01, 2012
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1. An Extraordinary
Session of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern
African Development Community (SADC) was held in Luanda, Republic
of Angola on 1st June 2012.
2. The Summit
was officially opened by H.E. Eng. José Eduardo dos Santos,
President of the Republic of Angola and the Chairperson of SADC.
3. Summit observed
a minute of silence in memory of the late President of Malawi, H.E.
Bingu wa Mutharika and extended condolences to the family, people
and Government of Malawi.
4. The Summit
was attended by the following Heads of State and Government and
President José Eduardo dos Santos;
Botswana H.E. President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama;
Namibia H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba;
South Africa H.E. President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma;
Swaziland His Majesty King Mswati III;
Zambia H.E. President Michael Chilufya Sata;
Zimbabwe H.E. President Robert Gabriel Mugabe;
United Republic of Tanzania Rt. Hon. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda,
Prime Minister of Tanzania;
DRC Hon. Raymond Tshibanda N'Tungamulongo, Minister of Foreign Affairs,
International Cooperation and Franchophonie;
Malawi Hon. Ephraim Mganda Chiume, Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Mauritius Dr the Hon. Arvin Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Regional Integration and International Trade;
Mozambique Hon. Aldemiro Baloi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Hon. Jean Paul Adam, Minister of Foreign Affairs;
H.E. ´Matlotilso Ntoane, High Commissioner to South Africa
5. H.E. President
dos Santos welcomed the Heads of State and Government and other
delegates to the Republic of Angola. In his speech, the Chairperson
of SADC underscored the importance of regional infrastructure development
as one of the key pillars for the SADC integration and development
agenda and for poverty eradication.
6. Summit considered
and adopted the Report of the Troika of the Organ Summit that met
on 1st June 2012 in Luanda, Angola, which reviewed the political
and security situation in the Region. In particular:
noted that the Region continues to consolidate democracy and the
rule of law as reflected in the holding of successful elections
in a number of Member States. In this regard, Summit congratulated:
(i) H.E. President
James Alix Michel for winning Presidential Elections in the Seychelles
in September 2011.
(ii) H.E. President
Michael Chilufya Sata for winning the Presidential Elections in
Zambia, in September 2011, and
(iii) H.E. President
Joseph Kabila Kabange for winning the Presidential Elections held
in the DRC in November 2011.
6.2 Summit commended
the people of Lesotho for holding peaceful, free and fair National
Assembly Elections on May 26, 2012.
6.3 Summit received
an update on the positive political and security situation in DRC
and encouraged the Government of DRC to continue consolidating peace
6.4 On Madagascar,
Summit noted that efforts by the SADC Mediation team, led by former
President of Mozambique, H.E. Joaquim Alberto Chissano and the SADC
Organ Troika resulted in the signing, in September 2011 by ten of
the eleven Malagasy stakeholders, of the Roadmap that seeks to return
the country to constitutional normalcy. Summit reiterated the importance
of the full implementation of the Roadmap for ending the crisis
in the country.
6.5 Summit mandated
the SADC Mediator and the Troika of the Organ to facilitate dialogue
and convene a meeting between H.E. Andry Rajoelina, President of
the High Transition Authority and H.E Marc Ravalomanana, former
President as a matter of urgency in order to ensure full implementation
of the Roadmap and create an enabling environment for holding credible,
free and fair elections.
6.6 Summit also
noted that the SADC Liaison Office that was established in November
2011 to support the implementation process is fully operational
with officers from the Troika of the Organ Member States and office
of the Chairperson of SADC on the ground since January 2012.
6.7 On Malawi,
Summit commended the people of this country for adhering to the
country's constitutional provisions regarding succession following
the demise of H.E. President Bingu wa Mutharika on the 5th April
congratulated Her Excellency President Mrs. Joyce Mtila-Banda for
ascending to the position of President of Malawi on the 7th of April
6.9 On Zimbabwe,
Summit commended stakeholders for their commitment, cooperation
and efforts towards the implementation of the Global
Political Agreement (GPA) and urged the parties to the GPA to
finalise the constitution-making process and subject it to a referendum
also urged the parties to the GPA, assisted by His Excellency Jacob
G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa and SADC Facilitator
of the Zimbabwe Political Dialogue, to develop an implementation
mechanism and to set out time frames for the full implementation
of the Roadmap to Elections.
further commended the Facilitator for his efforts towards the realisation
of full implementation of GPA.
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