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Meyer, Roelf

Meyer, Roelf

Former South African Minister for Constitutional Affairs, later Minister for Constitutional Development and Provincial Affairs.

As Chief peace negotiator for the National Party (NP) government, Roelf Meyer was intimately involved in the negotiations on the settlement of the South African conflict. In this capacity he negotiated the end of the apartheid together with Cyril Ramaphosa, who was chief negotiator for the African National Congress (ANC). These negotiations resulted in the first democratic elections in South Africa at the end of April 1994. After the elections Meyer continued in the portfolio of Constitutional Affairs in the cabinet of former President Nelson Mandela.

Meyer currently acts as a consultant on peace processes. In this capacity he became involved in various countries around the globe – Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Burundi, Kosovo and Bolivia – as well as in the Basque Region and the Middle East. Meyer serves on the Strategy Committee of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition in New York and held the Tip O’Neill Chair in peace studies at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, in 2001.



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