Conference on Western Sahara

South Africa to host the Conference on Multilateralism and International Law with Western Sahara as a Case Study, 4th to 5th of December 2008. One of the sessions will be on the role of natural resources in Western Sahara.
Published: 01.12 - 2008 12:22Printer version

Pretoria � South Africa will host the Conference on Multilateralism and International Law with Western Sahara as a Case Study on Thursday � Friday 4-5 December 2008 at the Sanlam Auditorium at the conference centre of the University of Pretoria.

Participants at the conference will include amongst others the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sue van der Merwe; Mr M�hamed Khadad, Polisario Coordinator with the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Prof Abdelhamid El Ouali, Professor of Law at the University of Casablanca, Morocco as well as other imminent scholars and United Nations experts.

Members of the media who wish to cover the event are requested to submit the following information no later than Wednesday 3 December 2008 at 16:00.

   * Name and Surname
   * South African ID/ Passport number
   * Name of organisation
   * Contact number

The information should be sent to or

Members of the media will also be required to produce their South African ID/ Passports and press cards at the venue.

A media statement and detailed programme will be issued shortly.

For further information please contact Thembela Ngculu on 082 387 5611 and David Masango on 084 502 2830

Issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
1 December 2008


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