Basic Documents: Report of the Rapporteur-General H.E. Mr. George McKenzie Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations
1. The XII Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries was held in Durban, Republic of South Africa, from 2 September to 3 September 1998.
2. The Summit was preceded by a Preparatory Meeting at the Senior Officials level, held from 29 August to 30 August, and a Preparatory Meeting held at Ministerial level from 31 August to 1 September 1998.
3. The following members of the Movement attended the Summit:
4. The following countries attended the Summit as observers:
The following organizations and national liberation movements also attended as observers:
5. The following countries attended the Summit as guests:
The following organisations attended as guests:
6. Members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the South African Government were also invited as Guests.
Opening of the Summit
7. H.E. Dr. A. Pastrana, President of the Republic of Colombia, declared the XII Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries open.
8. The Summit observed a minute of silence in memory of the leaders of the Movement of the Non-Aligned Countries who had passed away since the XI Summit Conference.
9. H.E. Dr. A. Pastrana, President of the Republic of Colombia, in his capacity as Chair of the XI Summit, presented the report on the activities of the Movement during the 1995-1998 period. The statement of President Pastrana will be reflected in the records as an official document (DS/HOS/8).
10. At the motion of President Pastrana, the Summit elected President Mandela of South Africa as Chair of the XII Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries by acclamation.
11. H.E. Mr. NR Mandela, President of the Republic of South Africa, delivered the inaugural address, which the Summit resolved by acclamation to adopt as an official document (DS/HOS/3).
12. H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, addressed the opening session of the Summit.
13. The statement by the Secretary General of the United Nations was followed by the statements of the representatives of the various regional groups, in the following order:
Adoption of the Agenda
14. The Summit approved the following agenda (DS/HOS/1):
Report by the Chairman of the Preparatory Meeting at Ministerial Level
15. The Chair of the Ministerial Meeting, H.E. Mr. Alfred B. Nzo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa, presented the Report to the XII Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries (DS/MM/3). The Summit took note of the report.
16. At the recommendation of the Preparatory Meeting at the Ministerial Level, the Summit decided that the Bureau would be composed as follows:
The Summit also decided by acclamation that Colombia, in its capacity as immediate past Chair, would sit on the Bureau of the Conference as an ex-officio member.
17. The Summit noted that H.E. Mr. Aziz Pahad, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, had been appointed as Secretary General of the XII Summit, and that Mr. Jackie S. Selebi, Director-General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, had been appointed as Secretary of the Summit
18. The Summit established a Political Committee, under the Chair of H.E. Dr Javad Zarif, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to review Chapter I, Global Affairs, and Chapter II, Analysis of the International Situation; and an Economic Committee, under the Chair of H.E. Mr. Daudi Mwakawago, Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations, to review Chapter III, Economic Affairs, and Chapter IV, Social Affairs, of the Draft Final Document (DS/L/1).
19. The Summit approved the recommendations presented by the Chairman of the Preparatory Meeting at the Ministerial Level which appear in the text of its report (DS/MM/3).
Applications for Admission of New Members and for Participation as Observers
20. On behalf of the members of the Non-Aligned Movement, H.E. Mr. Nelson Mandela, President of the Republic of South Africa, welcomed Belarus as a member of the Movement. H.E. Mr. Ivan Antonovich, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belarus, responded and expressed his Governments gratitude for the granting of membership of the Movement.
REPORT BY the CHAIR OF the AD HOC PANEL OF ECONOMISTS
21. The Chair of the Ad Hoc Panel of Economists, Dr. Gamani Corea, presented the report of the Panel to the Heads of State or Government (DS/MM/2).
Report by the Chair of the Ad Hoc Panel of Economists
22. The Report of the Ministerial Committee on Methodology of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, previously circulated by Colombia, was adopted.
Report of the President of the XI Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries
23. The report was presented by President Pastrana during his address to the Summit. The Summit took note of the report.
Review of the International Political and Economic Situation and the Role of The Non-Aligned Movement in the New Millennium
24. The Summit devoted 3 Plenary Meetings to the general debate. During the general debate, the floor was taken by the following member countries:
25. The Summit also heard statements from the following observers and guests:
Consideration and Adoption of the Final Documents
26. The Conference reviewed the following final documents.
The Conference adopted the Final Document.
27. Delegations were requested to provide reservations to the document in writing to the Permanent Mission of South Africa in New York within one week of the conclusion of the Summit.
28. The Conference adopted the Durban Declaration (DS/HOS/7).
29. The Conference adopted the report of the Rapporteur-General (DS/HOS/2).
Dates and Venues of the Thirteenth Ministerial Conference and the XIII Summit of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries
30. The Summit welcomed the offer by the Government of Bangladesh to host the XIII Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement in Dhaka during 2001 and asked Non-Aligned Movement countries to actively participate in that important Summit.
31. With regard to the Thirteenth Ministerial Conference, it was decided that the matter would be discussed at the Non-Aligned Ministerial Meeting to be held during the forthcoming fifty-third Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
32. The closing session of the Summit was held on 3 September 1998. H.E. Mr. Aziz Pahad, Secretary General of the Summit, solemnly presented the Durban Declaration.
33. The Representatives of the various regional groups presented a concluding statement:
34. President Nelson Mandela, President of the Republic of South Africa and Chair of the XII Summit, delivered the closing statement.