10 June 2012

Angola: Last Staff of Missang Forces Leaves Bissau

Photo: US Army Africa
Angola army and U.S. Army Africa officers (File Photo)

Bissau — The staff of the National Armed and Police Forces integrated in the Angolan Military Mission in Guinea Bissau (Missang) concluded on Saturday in Bissau city its fully withdrawal all militaries, following some disagreement by the leadership of that country's army.

The Angolan military personnel were in Guinea Bissau since March 2011 according to an accord of technical and military cooperation signed by both countries, whose objective was to make reforms of the local Armed and Police Forces, as well as rehabilitate their infrastructures.

Missang was replaced by the regional organisation Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) forces, led by the Burkina Faso Lieutenant General Guibanga Barro, who bid farewell greetings to then commander of Missang, the Angolan Lieutenant General, Gildo dos Santos.

The staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and National Police (PNA) was welcomed in Luanda by the General Chief of Staff of FAA, general Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda, police general commander, chief commissioner Ambrósio de Lemos, general officers and high-ranked officers of FAA.

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