COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE EXTRA-ORDINARY SUMMIT OF SADC HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT
1.The Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana on November 20, 2010 on the margins of the official opening of the SADC Headquarters.
2.The Extra-Ordinary Summit was chaired by His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia, and Chairperson of SADC.
3.The Extra-Ordinary Summit was attended by the following Heads of State and Government or their representatives:
H.E. Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana;
DRC – H.E. Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo;
Malawi – H.E. Ngwazi Professor Bingu wa Mutharika,President of the Republic of Malawi;
Namibia – H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba, the President of the Republic of Namibia:
South Africa – H.E. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa;
Zimbabwe – H.E. Robert Gabriel Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe;
Swaziland – Rt. Hon. Barnabas Dlamini, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Swaziland;
Tanzania – H.E. Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Mozambique – Hon. Oldemiro Baloi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique;
Lesotho – Hon. Timothy Thabane, Minister of Finance and Development of the Kingdom of Lesotho
Zambia – Hon. Kabinga Pande, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia;
Seychelles – Hon. Jean-Paul Adam, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles;
Mauritius – H.E. Ismael Dossa, High Commissioner of the Republic of Mauritius to South Africa;
Angola – Hon. Dr. George Chickoty, Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Ministry of External Relations of the Republic of Angola 1.
His Excellency Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana and host of the Extra-Ordinary Summit welcomed the SADC Heads of State and Government and their representatives to the Republic of Botswana. 2. The Executive Secretary of SADC welcomed the Heads of State and Government and all invited guests and thanked them for gracing the historic event of the inauguration of the new SADC Headquarters building.
3. The Extra-Ordinary Summit congratulated H.E Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, on his re-election as President of the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party for winning the Parliamentary Elections held in that Member State on October 31, 2010.
4. The Extra-Ordinary Summit noted the efforts being made in search for sustainable political solutions in the Republic of Madagascar and the Republic of Zimbabwe.
5. On Madagascar, the Extra-Ordinary Summit noted that the political situation in Madagascar remains fragile and unresolved. Despite all the mediation attempts undertaken by SADC, agreements reached have been dishonoured and violated on a number of occasions, notably by the High Transition Authority (HTA).
6. The Extra-Ordinary Summit called for renewed dialogue for a credible, inclusive, consensual and neutral process of transition in Madagascar.
7. Furthermore, the Extra-Ordinary Summit urged for the speedy establishment of a Mediation office in Madagascar in order to support the dialogue process in that country.
8. The Extra-Ordinary Summit urged all stakeholders in Madagascar to work together with the SADC Mediator in order to return the country to constitutional normalcy as a matter of urgency.
9. On Zimbabwe, the Extra-Ordinary Summit noted that the situation in Zimbabwe has improved since the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) reached between ZANU-PF and MDC-T and MDC-Mutambara in 2009 that resulted in the formation of the Inclusive Government.
10. The Extra-Ordinary Summit also noted that despite the progress made, some outstanding issues remain to be resolved and urged the parties to expedite finalisation of such issues.
11. The Extra-Ordinary Summit reiterated its appeal for the urgent lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe.
12. The Extra-Ordinary Summit expressed its appreciation to the Government and People of the Republic of Botswana for the warm hospitality extended to all delegates and facilities placed at their disposal that made this Extra-Ordinary Summit a success.
GABORONE, REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA NOVEMBER 20, 2010