Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Media Release

FA 54

28 June 1996


I am pleased to announce today that former Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Malcolm
Fraser AC CH, has been appointed as the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to travel to Africa
in July to lobby in support of Australia's United Nations Security Council candidature.

As well as visiting Zimbabwe in Southern Africa and Ghana in West Africa, Mr Fraser will
join me in attending the Heads of State and Government meeting of the Organisation of
African Unity (OAU) in Yaounde, Cameroon, from 8-10 July 1996 as a guest.

Given that the African region accounts for almost one third of the votes in the Security
Council election, I believe Mr Fraser's visit will help to build upon the encouraging support
Australia has already received in Africa.

Mr Fraser is well known in Africa for his significant contributions to the region. While Prime
Minister he played a prominent role in the Commonwealth's efforts to bring about an
independent Zimbabwe.

Subsequently, he was Co-Chairman of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group against
Apartheid in South Africa and Chairman of the United Nations Committee on African
Commodity Problems. He has also been engaged in ongoing work with non-governmental
organisations in Africa.

This makes him a most effective and influential envoy to assist in presenting to African
countries Australia's case for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Elections for
the Security Council are due to take place in New York in late October this year.

For more information, contact Peter Collins on 06.277.7500