The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.
By United Press International

Ex-S. African President Mbeki: Mandela may be sent home soon

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 14 (UPI) -- Thabo Mbeki, a former president of South Africa, said he thinks former President Nelson Mandela will soon be sent home to recuperate.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
By United Press International

Sudan agrees to AU mediation

KHARTOUM, Sudan, June 17 (UPI) -- The Sudanese government said it has no objections to meeting with African Union leaders to find a solution to outstanding issues with South Sudan.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 14, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 2, 2013.
By United Press International

Border clashes mar Sudanese peace efforts

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- More than a dozen people were killed in tribal clashes in the Sudanese border state of South Kordofan, witnesses said.

Sudan, S. Sudan pulling troops from border

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to set up a demilitarized zone along the two countries' disputed border, an African Union mediator said.

Sudan, S. Sudan discuss security, oil

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan met in Ethiopia to discuss the implementation of agreements reached several months ago on security and economic matters.

Sudan, South Sudan broker fragile truce

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- South African negotiator Thabo Mbeki said Sudanese leaders have agreed to take immediate steps on border security, though implementation is unclear.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.
By United Press International

No resolution in Sudan-So. Sudan talks

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Sudan and South Sudan say they will hold a new round of negotiations on security in Ethiopia with former South African President Thabo Mbeki participating.

Sudans sign agreement on border issues

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Sudan and South Sudan signed agreements Thursday on border and citizenship issues but failed to find common ground on the contested region of Abyei.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, June 18, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, June 14, 2012.
By United Press International
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Thabo Mbeki
WAP2001062603- 26 JUNE 2001 - WASHINGTON, DC, USA: South African President Thabo Mbeki poses for photographers during a visit with US President George W. Bush at the White House in Washington, DC on June 26, 2001. mk/Michael Kleinfeld UPI

Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (Xhosa pronunciation: ; born 18 June 1942) is a South African politician who served almost two terms as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008. He is also the brother of Moeletsi Mbeki. On 20 September 2008, he announced his resignation after being recalled by the African National Congress's National Executive Committee, following a conclusion by Judge Nicholson of improper interference in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), including the prosecution of Jacob Zuma for corruption. On 12 January 2009, the Supreme Court of Appeal unanimously overturned Judge Nicholson’s judgment but the resignation stood.

Thabo Mbeki was the executive face of government in South Africa from 1994. During his time in office the economy grew at an average rate of 4.5% per annum. Mbeki created employment in the middle sectors of the economy and oversaw a fast growing black middle class with the implementation of BEE. This growth exacerbated the demand for trained professionals strained by emigration due to violent crime, but failed to address unemployment amongst the unskilled bulk of the population. He attracted the bulk of Africa’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and made South Africa the focal point of African growth. He was the architect of NEPAD whose aim is to develop an integrated socio-economic development framework for Africa. He also oversaw the successful building of economic bridges to BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations with the eventual formation of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Forum to "further political consultation and co-ordination as well as strengthening sectoral co-operation, and economic relations".

Mbeki has mediated in difficult and complex issues on the African continent including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Ivory Coast, and some important peace agreements. He oversaw the transition from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) to the African Union (AU). His 'quiet diplomacy' in Zimbabwe, however, is blamed for protracting the survival of Robert Mugabe's regime at the cost of thousands of lives and intense economic pressure on Zimbabwe's neighbours. He became a vocal leader of the Non-Aligned Movement in the United Nations and while leveraging South Africa's seat on the Security Council, agitating for reform of the Security Council.

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