16 March 2014

Congo-Brazzaville: Angola/Congo Brazzaville Ministerial Meeting On Common Border Ends

The joint meeting between the Foreign Minister of Angola, Georges Rebelo Chikoti and his counterpart of Congo Brazzaville, Basile Ikouebe, on border issues that took place in the Angolan northern Cabinda province on 14-15 March, ended with the adoption of the experts' report and signing of a memorandum of understanding.

The meeting, which was oriented by the Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos and the Head of State of Congo Brazaville, Dennis Sassou Nguesso, to analyse the definitively the incident of Pangui and Miconje, also approved a final communiqué that recommends for the creation of experts' commission on border issues that will function in three-month term as from 15 March.

The final document highlights the existing good relations between the two countries along various years, which permitted essentially the discussion and adoption of the report and verbal process of the experts' session, held on 25-28 February in 2014 in Pointe Noire city on the incident of Pangui (Congo Brazzaville) and Miconje (Angola).

The meeting equally recommended the border police of Angola and public forces of Congo Brazzaville to continue guaranteeing the border security in the spirit of organization and discipline.

The document also reads that both parties decided lift up the restrictive measures to the movement of people and goods along the common border between Pangui and Miconje.

The two ministers signed the cooperation protocol on the creation of the Technical Commission of Border Experts, recommending for the preparation of technical and logistics condition for its functioning in a three-month term, as well as they recommended for the holding soon the 7th session of Angola/Congo Brazzaville Great Joint Commission, set for this year in Brazzaville city.

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