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Title:South African foreign policy and international practice during 1999: an analysis
Author:Henwood, RolandISNI
Periodical:South African Yearbook of International Law
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:foreign policy
Abstract:A number of internal political developments impacting on South Africa's foreign policy and international practice took place during 1999. The three most important were the general elections of June 1999, President Mandela's retirement from office, and the resultant changes in government and the Department of Foreign Affairs, with the appointment of a new Minister of Foreign Affairs in the person of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the transfer of the Foreign Affairs Director-General to the post of Commissioner of Police. 1999 saw important developments in South African bilateral relations, notably with the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Libya. During 1999 South Africa's multilateral relations were dominated by difficulties in trade negotiations with the European Union, and by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in South Africa in November. Relations between South Africa and neighbouring States in southern Africa represent a continuation of trends from previous years. On the policy level, indications are that the primary principle underlying South Africa's foreign policy is own interest. Ann. (parliamentary debate on the Foreign Affairs Appropriation Bill, 4 March 1999), ref.