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South Africa condemns the Israeli Attacks on Aid Ships to Gaza

Pretoria - South Africa notes with the gravest concern reports that Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of ships carrying aid to Gaza and that there are casualties following the attack. South Africa accordingly strongly condemns this action which reportedly took place in international waters, 65 km off the coast of Gaza, in the early hours of Monday 31 May 2010.

Media reports indicate that the convoy was carrying 10 000 tonnes of aid to the beleaguered people of Gaza. The convoy was on a peaceful mission and the ships were not armed. For Israel to attack these civilian ships in international water is a gross violation of international law and is deserving of the highest level of international condemnation.

The Department of International Relations & Cooperation is in urgent contact with our Missions in Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Ankara, where some of the ships originated, in order to obtain more information on the attacks.

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Mzansi Newsletter No.3

Quarterly Embassy Newsletter issued during December 2009

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Talking to the Enemy: The South African Experience.

Address by Thabo Mbeki at the Fifth Al Jazeera Annual Forum, Doha, Qatar: May 24, 2010.

In October 1989 I led a delegation of our liberation movement, the ANC, to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Our presence presented our host, the Government of Malaysia, with the small problem of where to accommodate us. The Government had reserved rooms for us at the same hotel where the then British Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher, would stay.

The Malaysian officials informed us that the famous Iron Lady objected to this arrangement as she could not imagine herself sharing a hotel with terrorists. This meant that we had to be relocated to another hotel which, as it happened, was quite some distance away from where the Iron Lady was accommodated. Read more »