5 May 2008

Angola: General Highlights Government's Army Reconstruction Effort

Luanda — The vice chief of Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) for operations, gen. Salviano de Jesus Cerqueira "Kianda", Monday in Luanda highlighted the Government's effort in the reconstruction of the armed forces, seeking to equip them with new technologies.

General Kianda was speaking at the opening of the 16th session of experts of the operation sub-committee of the armed forces of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member countries, taking place in Luanda until May 6 this year.

He said on the occasion that FAA play a relevant part in the main realisations of the Angola national reconstruction priorities, which requires from Government a permanent concern about their restructuring, equipping them with new capacities.

The restructuring, he added, will enable FAA to participate both in peacekeeping missions and in the struggle against new types of threats, in cooperation of the State's security organs.

This include struggle against transnational terrorism, drug trafficking, trafficking of human organs and human beings, maritime piracy, organised crime and other missions of public interest.

"I wish that with the wisdom of each one and the experience accumulated in the armed forces of the respective states, placed at the disposal of this common objective, can the desired results be attained to the benefit of the activity of the defence of the community," said gen. Kianda.

He characterised the actual situation in Southern Africa as marked by the conflict in the Great Lakes region, the electoral processes in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and the floods affecting some countries of the continent.

"We must analyse the situation so we provide our chiefs at the meeting to come, with contributes that lead to the peaceful solution of the problems that affect some member states," he urged.

For two days, the chiefs of operations of the SADC armed forces will be analysing the reports on the progress achieved in the establishment of the SADC Brigade (SADCBRIG), on the peacekeeping training centre, on the floods the hit the region recently and the activities of the organ.

The support of SADC to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the amendments to the protocol on cooperation in the areas of politics, defence and security, ratification of the organisation's mutual defence pact are some of the topics being dealt with at the meeting.

Contribution from member countries to peace support operations as well as the proposal for a date and venue for the next meeting of the sub-committee, are part of the event's agenda.

This experts session precedes the meeting of the sub-committee of chiefs of staff of the community set for Thursday in Luanda.

SADC groups Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho Tanzania, Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Democratic republic of Congo, Mauritius, Madagascar and Malawi.

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