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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks to Southern Africa Development Community
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
New York, New York, September 25, l997
As released by the Office of the Spokesman, New York City
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Good morning. Thank you all for coming. The timing of our breakfast could not be more appropriate, preceding as it does this morning's Security Council ministerial on Africa. While we discuss during that session what the UN can most effectively do on your continent, we will bear in mind what you have already done together to improve the lives of your people.
The SADC began as a crusader for justice in the battle against apartheid. It has become a leader for development and a model for stability throughout the region. And it continues to grow both in effectiveness and numbers. I want to congratulate the representatives of your two new members, the Seychelles and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
I want also to express my desire, on behalf of President Clinton and the United States, to expand our partnership and cooperation in the months and years to come.
We do, after all, have common economic interests, which we can advance through increased trade, and through ventures such as the SADC Trade Protocol Forum we hosted in Washington.
We have a common interest in peace, which we can promote by insisting on full implementation of the Lusaka Protocols.
We have common humanitarian interests, which we can serve by enhancing emergency response capabilities within Africa by means that are open, transparent and tailored to local needs.
We have great respect for what you have accomplished through the SADC, great interest in doing what we can to assist your future efforts, and a great desire to continue working and exchanging views with you concerning the challenges faced by your region and on matters of global concern.
To that end, I would like to make two proposals for you to consider, both specific steps to strengthen and formalize our cooperation:
We are considering creating the post of Special Representative of the Secretary of State to SADC, providing a permanent channel for us to work together and a focal point for technical assistance programs. Our present Ambassador to Botswana, Robert Krueger, would serve in that capacity.
And we suggest establishing a forum for regularized dialogue between the United States and SADC. By holding formal consultations among our senior officials, we will be able to consider a wider range of policy issues and develop a broader range of contacts.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on both of those proposals.

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