Opposition seeks posture of Pretoria on WCAR

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance has asked the government to urgently clarify its position on the status of the Declaration and the Plan of Action adopted at the "disastrous" World Conference on Racism (WCAR) in Durban last September.
The demand follows reports that South Africa has been trying to renegotiate the slavery reparation issue with Europe following African attempts to reopen the discussion by moving Declaration provisions to the Plan of Action.
"South Africa did not have the courage to emulate the example of President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal who rejected the unworkable reparations proposal from the start.
The excuse that we were hosting the Conference and therefore had to act as honest broker no longer applies.
On the contrary, that position should prompt government to insist that agreements achieved at considerable cost must be honoured," DA spokesperson Dene Smuts told Foreign Minister Nkosazana Zuma Sunday in the opposition's request.
"South Africa should learn from the USA's stance on reparations and Zionism in this respect: you cannot negotiate an unreasonable proposition into any sensible shape because it is not amenable to reason in the first place.
The only way to deal with it is to get it off the table altogether or depart.
South Africa should not entertain any new attempts to perpetuate untenable proposals," she Smuts.

12 november 2001 07:58:00




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