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The Heads of State of South Africa and Mozambique on Friday urged the United Nations Security Council to mandate the Secretary-General, António Guterres, to initiate a dialogue between Russia and Ukraine.
“The two presidents urged the United Nations Security Council to mandate the United Nations Secretary-General to initiate a dialogue between Russia and Ukraine,” reads the joint final communiqué of the 3rd Session of the Binational Commission (BNC) between South Africa and Mozambique held in the South African capital Pretoria.
According to the statement, the two southern African leaders called for ” a balanced approach to the conflict through dialogue that will address the security concerns of both parties to the conflict,” according to the statement.
Last week, the UN general assembly passed a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the support of 141 of the 193 UN member states.
The resolution had 35 abstentions, including those of South Africa and Mozambique.
“The two presidents also expressed concern over the growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” it said.
According to the statement to which Lusa had access, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyusi, “reaffirmed the urgency to reform the United Nations Security Council”.
President Ramaphosa reiterated South Africa’s support for the candidature of Mozambique to serve on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non permanent member for the year 2022/23. the statement said.
Russia launched a military offensive against Ukraine on 24 February that has caused at least 549 deaths and over 950 injured among the civilian population and caused the flight of 4.5 million people, including 2.5 million to neighbouring countries, according to the latest UN figures.
The international community condemned the Russian invasion in general, which responded by sending arms to Ukraine and strengthening economic sanctions against Moscow.
The #UNGA has spoken and the message is loud and clear:
End hostilities in Ukraine — now.
Silence the guns — now.
Open the door to dialogue and diplomacy — now.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 2, 2022
On the capacity of the African Union (AU) and sub-regional organisations to promote peace, security, stability and sustainable development on the continent, the two leaders “raised concern on the increased number of unconstitutional change of governments in the African continent including the Republics of Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea, while the security situation in the Sahel region, eastern Democratic Republic of Cong and northern parts of Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique remain of concern”.
“The two Heads of State emphasised the importance of the values of Pan Africanism and solidarity. They expressed concern over the manner in which the observer status of Israel in the African Union was granted by the African Union Commission. In this regard, they called upon members of the African Union to safeguard the values of the African Union for it to remain true to the intent of its founders,” it said.
According to the document, the Heads of State at the meeting also urged the UN Security Council to “a expedite the process towards the realisation of the right to self-determination of the people of Saharawi”.
On the progress achieved at the level of cooperation between Pretoria and its Portuguese-speaking neighbour since the 2nd session of the bilateral commission held in Maputo in August 2017, the statement said only that the two Heads of State” agreed on an implementation plan which is aimed at ensuring that there are strict timeframes with regard to the execution and implementation of the commitments and decisions taken during the BNC,” without giving details.
As South Africa and Mozambique Binational Commission concludes. President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Mozambican counterpart President Filipe Nyusi have called on the UN boss Antonio Guterres to initiate dialogue between Russia and Ukraine. #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/pCwliyiHCz
— KhayelihleKhumalo-James Jnr (@KhayaJames) March 11, 2022
[Photos] President Cyril Ramaphosa receives President Filipe Nyusi, during a working visit to attend the 3rd Session of the South Africa-Mozambique Bi-National Commission of Cooperation (BNC) held in Pretoria. #MozambiqueInSA 🇿🇦 🇲🇿 #BetterAfricaBetterWorld pic.twitter.com/EXI9RW5PDb
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) March 11, 2022
TODAY | H.E President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting H.E Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique for the 3rd Session of the Bi-National Commission of Cooperation (BNC) between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Mozambique, at #DIRCO 11/03/2022 pic.twitter.com/YfkRtdzYZb
— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) March 11, 2022