17 December 2012

Angola: Minister Recommends Elevation of Army Operational Power

Luanda — The Angolan Defence minister, Cândido Pereira Van-Dúnem, Monday in Luanda recommended the elevation of the operational capacity of the Armed Forces (FAA) through training, aiming at brushing up the intellectual and physical capacity of the staff.

The minister was addressing the main event celebrating the 20th FAA anniversary on December 17 held in the 101st Tanks Brigade, situated in the locality of Funda, near Luanda, with the theme "Army 20 years defending the territorial integrity."

According to the minister, a permanent effort should be made towards improving the troops skills, as part of the ongoing process of modernisation and rebuilding of the Angolan Armed Forces, in a perspective of self-defence rather than that of militarism.

He stated that the Government that followed the general election of August 31 has as its line of action to emphasise the reform in the country's defence and security sector, by strictly defending such values as high patriotic sense, discipline, comradeship, cohesion and spirit of mission.

Minister Van-Dunem stated as well that these principles are crucial for the continued work of the army which is that of building a solid and non-partisan military staff, solely engaged in the defence of the State's highest interests and national sovereignty.

On the other hand, the minister also called for a special attention to medical assistance of the troops, through a worthy service and hard work in the fight to eradicate from the ranks of the Armed Forces such diseases as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

Copyright © 2012 Angola Press Agency. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.