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on Extraordinary Summit, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania SADC
December 08, 2012
Dar es Salaam,
1. The Extraordinary
Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) was held in Dar es Salaam, United Republic
of Tanzania from 7 - 8 December 2012.
2. Summit was attended
by the following Heads of State and Government and or their representatives:
DRC: H.E. President Joseph
Lesotho: Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane
Mozambique: H.E. President Armando Emilio Guebuza
Namibia: H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba
South Africa: H.E. President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
United Republic: H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania
Angola: H.E. Manuel Domingos Vicente -
Vice President Malawi: Rt. Hon. Khumbo Kachali,
Vice President Seychelles: H.E. Danny Faure,
Vice President Zambia: Hon. Dr. Guy Scotts,
Vice President Swaziland: Rt. Hon. Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini,
Prime Minister Botswana: Hon. Phandu Skelemani,
Minister for Foreign Affairs Zimbabwe: Hon. Simbarashe S. Mumbengengwi,
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mauritius: H.E. Mohammed Ismael Dossa,
High Commissioner to South Africa
3. Summit was chaired
by H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique
and the Chairperson of SADC.
4. Summit was also attended
by His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda and the
Chairperson of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region
(ICGLR); and His Excellency Joaquim Alberto Chissano, former President
of the Republic of Mozambique, and SADC Mediator on the political
conflict in Madagascar.
5. Also in attendance
was the Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr. Tomaz Augusto Salomao and
Executive Secretary of the ICGLR, Professor Alphonce Luaba.
6. Summit considered
the political and security situation in the region, in particular
the latest developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the
Republic of Madagascar and the Republic of Zimbabwe.
7. On Democratic Republic
of Congo, Summit:
(i) reaffirmed the indivisibility
and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the
Democratic Republic of Congo;
(ii) expressed deep concern
regarding the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation
in eastern DRC due to the prevailing situation;
(iii) strongly condemned
the M23 and all its attacks on the civilian population, United Nations
Peacekeepers and humanitarian actors, as well as its abuses of human
rights, including summary executions, sexual and gender based violence;
(iv) affirmed that SADC,
as a block will deploy the SADC Standby Force in the Eastern DRC
under the auspices of the Neutral International Force (NIF)
(v) welcomed the decision
of the ICGLR to mandate the United Republic of Tanzania to appoint
a Force Commander for the NIF to be deployed in the Eastern DRC;
(vi) mandated the SADC
Interstate Politics and Diplomacy Committee (ISPDC) and the SADC
Secretariat to work together with the ICGLR to engage the African
Union Peace and the United Nations Security Council for support
to the deployment and sustenance;
(vi) urged UN to change
MONUSCO mandate to the United Nations Chapter VII;
(vii) commended the United
Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa for pledging
one battalion and logistics support for the NIF respectively; and
(viii) commended the
DRC for contributing funds for the deployment of the NIF.
8. On Madagascar:
8.1 Summit commended:
(i) His Excellency Joachim
Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique and the
SADC Mediator on the political conflict in Madagascar for his efforts
towards restoring the constitutional normalcy in the country;
(ii) His Excellency Jacob
Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa and the Outgoing
Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation
for his contribution in resolving the crisis in the country;
(iii) His Excellency
James Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles for his contribution
in assisting the Malagasy towards finding a lasting solution to
the political situation in their country.
8.2 Summit endorsed the
report of the SADC Mediator and:
(i) urged the Malagasy
political stakeholders to fully implement the Madagascar Roadmap
in the letter and spirit;
(ii) urged that the dates
of 8 May 2013 for Presidential Elections and 25 July 2013 for Parliamentary
Elections be respected by all parties concerned;
(iii) Summit took note
of, and undertook to give serious consideration to the request to
SADC to contribute 10 million U$ to the Malagasy elections of 2013.
In this regard, the Summit urged SADC Member States to make timely
voluntary contributions. Summit also directed the Secretariat to
mobilise financial and logistical support from the international
8.3 Summit reiterated
its decision that former President Mr. Marc Ravalomanana should
return to Madagascar unconditionally.
8.4 Summit reemphasized
that the two candidates, Mr Marc Ravalomanana and Mr. Andry Rajoelina,
should be persuaded not to stand in the forthcoming general elections
as a way forward towards resolving this crisis.
8.5 Summit reiterated
its position that the Amnesty Law be implemented in order to create
conducive conditions for the return of the political exiles including
8.6 Summit urged the
political stakeholders to develop legislation before the May 2013
elections that would guarantee the privileges of the former Heads
8.7 Summit urged the
Transitional Government to repeal the legislations intended to exclude
its citizens from participating in the coming elections.
9. On Zimbabwe
9.1 Summit commended
the efforts of HE Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South
Africa and the SADC Facilitator of the Zimbabwe Political Dialogue
towards full implementation of Global
Political Agreement (GPA).
9.2 Summit urged the
political stakeholders in Zimbabwe to fully implement the GPA.
9.3 Summit also urged
the political stakeholders to finalise the constitutional process
including referendum before the holding of the elections in 2013.
10. Summit congratulated
the Government and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania
for marking the 51st Independence Anniversary of their country.
11. Summit expressed
gratitude to the government and the people of the United Republic
of Tanzania for the warm hospitality provided during the meeting.
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