10 April 2013

Mozambique: Joint Action Along Tanzania Border Agreed

Maputo — Mozambique and Tanzania are to carry out joint operations along their common border to tackle crimes that have recently been on the increase.

Mozambican Defence Minister Filipe Nyussi revealed the plan on 4 April shortly after the end of a meeting in Maputo of the Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security, which dealt with the issues of maritime piracy, poaching, illegal immigration and other crimes.

Nyussi pointed out that “the success of our deliberations depends entirely on our dedication and delivery, as well as our capacity to ensure the involvement of the local population and other actors”.

The meeting decided to increase exchanges between the two sides. It highlighted the need for joint training, the communication of strategic information, the holding of provincial and regional meetings to combat emerging threats to security along the border, and the establishment of mechanisms for the transfer of convicted prisoners.

Nyussi stressed the importance of finalising the legal instrument that will bring into force the trilateral Memorandum on Maritime Security Cooperation signed by South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania.

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