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96/10/12 Remarks with Deputy President Mbeki, South Africa
Office of the Spokesman
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
(Cape Town, South Africa)
For Immediate Release October 12, 1996
REMARKS BY DEPUTY PRESIDENT THABO MBEKI
AND U.S. SECRETARY WARREN CHRISTOPHER
Cape Town, South Africa
October 12, 1996
DEPUTY PRESIDENT MBEKI: We are very glad to have the Secretary of State
visit us in South Africa, but also generally to pay a visit to the
African continent. We think it is important that the United States
should continue to pay attention to the continent. I think all of us
know what the challenges are that we face.
One of the matters that we discussed with the Secretary, of course, was
the proposal to increase the capacity of the African continent to be
able to respond to various crises, humanitarian and other; the idea of a
crisis force that would be able to be deployed quickly to deal with
various matters such as Burundi and so on. Clearly, this is a matter
that we as South Africa would have to discuss with the region of
southern Africa, with the SADC, and in the present context, of course,
brought up with the OAU. So, the matter will be pursued, that
discussion will take place.
We then discussed other matters like Burundi, where the United States
and ourselves and countries in the region are working together to try
and move that country as quickly as possible to a kind of stable
permanent solution to that particular crisis.
We've talked briefly about the situation in the Middle East and, indeed,
look forward to the United States contributing, as it has been, to make
sure that that particular process stays on course. As far as our own
bilateral relations are concerned, I don't think there is a major
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: They are excellent, aren't they?
DEPUTY PRESIDENT MBEKI: I should hope so.
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: Thank you , Deputy President. Let me just say
that I enjoyed another excellent conversation with the Deputy President.
We talked some about the commission that he heads with Vice President
Gore, the Binational Commission, and how valuable it has been to both of
our nations and how much we want to continue to work in that context to
the advantage to both of our nations.
I emphasized to the Deputy President our concern not only for South
Africa, but for the continent as a whole as reflected by the trip I am
taking out here. This is an indication of President Clinton is and Vice
President Gore's strong determination to continue to have an important
engagement with Africa. Thank you Deputy President very much for
receiving me now on a pleasant Saturday morning.
DEPUTY PRESIDENT MBEKI: On a rainy Saturday morning in Cape Town. Well,
thank you very much. The Secretary is going back to the U.S. Embassy
and have a ceremony there to extend some assistance to the Truth
Commission. Archbishop Tutu will be there. And then the Secretary
goes to Johannesburg and then Angola.
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