Dáil Éireann - Volume 445 - 18 October, 1994
Written Answers. - EU-SADC Conference.
Mrs. Owen Mrs. Owen
128. Mrs. Owen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will report on the EU-Southern African Foreign Ministers meeting held in Berlin in September 1994; and the initiatives that are being pursued to ensure effective economic, social and political development in Southern Africa. [1483/94]
Tanáiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Spring) Tanáiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Spring)
Tanáiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Spring): This conference on interregional co-operation between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held at the initiative of the German Presidency in Berlin on 5 and 6 September 1994. Ireland was represented by the Minister of State, Deputy Tom Kitt. The eleven members of SADC were represented at the conference including South Africa which has recently joined the organisation.
The conference agreed to reinforce the relationship between the two regions and to establish a comprehensive dialogue which would increase co-operation over a broad range of areas. These areas include political dialogue, regional integration, trade and economic co-operation, investment, development co-operation, natural resources and the environment, science and technology, tourism, cultural co-operation and the combating of international crime. A copy of the Declaration issued by the conference has been placed in the Dáil Library.
It is expected that the conference will result in greater region-to-region co-operation between the EU and SADC  in the political, economic and development co-operation fields.
Many delegations, including Ireland, expressed the hope that the dialogue would make a real contribution to peace, security and stability in the Southern Africa region. The Southern African states were urged to establish mechanisms to secure peace and stability in the long run. The steps already taken to formalise security co-operation within the new SADC were welcomed as an indication that Southern Africa has already put conflict resolution on its agenda.
Ireland, along with other delegations, stressed the importance of developing follow-up mechanisms that will enable real progress to be made. The next meeting of the conference at ministerial level will take place in South Africa towards the end of 1995, and a preparatory meeting of senior officials will be held in Malawi early in 1995.
Dáil Éireann 445 Written Answers. EU-SADC Conference.