25 February 2013

Angola: Interior Minister Reiterates Fight Against Illegal Prospecting of Diamonds

Kuito — The Angolan minister of the Interior, Ângelo de Barros Viega Tavares, last Saturday in Kuito City, central Bié Province, guaranteed that the corporation will continue to focus on the fight against the illegal prospecting, purchase and trade of diamonds.

The minister said so to the press in the end of a four-day visit to Bié Province, aimed at assessing the level of his sector's functioning in this province.

Ângelo Viega Tavares affirmed that the public order forces will continue to fight strongly against the illegal prospecting, purchase and trade of the "precious stone" wherever it takes place in the country.

This activity, he said, has been carried out by many illegal foreigners, who settle in diamonds exploration areas, where the illegal prospectors get easy profits.

He admitted that illegal immigration is also noticeable in the mentioned areas, since many foreign citizens have been looking for easy profit in Angolan territory.

"Similarly to other provinces, Bié has not escaped this penetration, reason why major attention must be paid, in order to avoid the stay in the country of foreign citizens whose migratory situation is not legal", he emphasised.

The minister of the Interior also revealed that among the various illegal activities carried out by foreign citizens it is included trafficking of drugs and human beings, prospecting and purchase of diamonds, as well as money laundering.

"Let us be vigilant, because the groups that try to enter the country in an illegal way do not contribute at all to the development of the national economy", he alerted.

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