Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
28 June 1996
APPOINTMENT OF MR MALCOLM FRASER AS SPECIAL
ENVOY TO AFRICA
I am pleased to announce today that former Prime Minister, the Right
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
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
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
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
Subsequently, he was Co-Chairman of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group
Apartheid in South Africa and Chairman of the United Nations Committee on
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
countries Australia's case for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
the Security Council are due to take place in New York in late October this
For more information, contact Peter Collins on 06.277.7500