6 February 2013

Angola: Armed Forces to Fight Illegal Immigration

Luanda — The Angolan minister of National Defence, Cândido Pereira Van-Dúnem, Wednesday in Luanda mentioned the need for the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA)

to evolve and permanently adapt to the new conjuncture and join the fight against illegal immigration.

"The new conjuncture presents itself as the materialisation of the plans of economic distabilisation of which the country (Angola) was a target during the civil war years," said

the Defence minister, while addressing the opening of the meeting of FAA officers taking place in the capital.

"Our territory has been repeatedly the ground for invasion by foreign citizens who, in the search of better living conditions, cross our border with neighbouring countries and settle in

various points of the territory, to carry out illicit businesses," he stressed.

Cândido Van-Dúnem added that the situation took "worrying proportions over the last times with the involvement of some national citizens who are bribed into facilitating the entry of (Diamond) miners."

The minister called on the officers to continually elevate the FAA level of combative preparedness and thus ensure the operationality of the troops.

According to him, combative preparedness must result from the patriotic protagonism that has all along characterised the FAA officers in the most difficult moments that marked the struggle for independence, peace and democracy.

He stated that such patriotic attitude of the FAA militaries is the continuation of the heritage from the struggle of resistance against colonial occupation of which the living examples of Njinga Mbandi, Ekuikui II, Mandume and others were all along followed in the struggle of centuries for freedom of the Angolan people.

The minister added that the FAA soldiers are known for their high dedication and love for the motherland, for their enormous sacrifice, reaffirmed in the pre-disposition to give their own lives out, if necessary, in favour of the common wellbeing.

He underlined that the organisation of the FAA is ruled by principles and norms that establish the chains of specific attributions, in which the various organs of management of property and public goods are accountable for their operations in a clear and transparent way, so that the objectives they are entrusted to are satisfactorily accomplished.

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