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Guinea, Mali Interior ministers reconcile common border populations

Posted by African Press International on August 7, 2007

APA-Conakry (Guinea) Guinean Interior and Security Minister Dr Mamadou Beau Keita and his Malian counterpart, Gen. Kafongouna Kone, met over the week-end at their comon border to reconcile their populations following clashes which caused 4 deaths and several injuries last 29 July, the Guinean Interior Department told APA on Monday.

The ministers met in the districts of Serengue and Balandougouba, respectively in Guinea and Mali.

These meetings were held on 4 -5 August under the themes Administrative and border cooperation and Border delimitation between Guinea and Mali.

According to our sources, the two sides agreed to put a definitive end to such disputes between populations living together and sharing the same language and an age-old tradition.

In July, Niani district populations in the Guinean Mandiana prefecture accused the Malians of taking their arable lands.

Traditional hunters from Niani crossed the border to attack populations on the other side of the river in the Malian Sikasso district. They took away nearly 85 cows.

In addition to the 300-member group of hunters, some criminals had also taken part in these clashes.

In the joint statement issued at the end of the meeting, the two sides decided to definitively bury the hatchet and hold regular meetings.

Meanwhile, a Guinean delegation comprising the Kankan city governor and the Mandiana prefect will travel to Balandougouba in Mali next 15 August to meet their counterparts.

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Posted by African Press International on August 7, 2007

APA-Monrovia (Liberia) The presidential mansion in Monrovia has announced that the President of Benin, Dr. Yayi Boni is to pay a two-day visit to Liberia beginning Tuesday.

According to Presidential Press Secretary Cyrus Badio, Dr. Boni will, during his two-day visit, hold discussions with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the head of the UN Mission in Liberia Ambassador Alan Doss and the Liberia Bankers Association.

He said Dr. Boni should have been the guest of honor at Liberias 160th Independence Anniversary on July 26, but sent his Defense Minister.

On July 26, Liberia celebrated its 160th nationhood during which the 26-year old Liberian child rights advocate, L. Kimmi Weeks, served as the guest speaker.

Weeks who currently runs the Youth Action International NGO based in Philadelphia, U.S.A, called on every Liberian, irrespective of age or economic background, to make contributions to the development of the nation.

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French Navy carries out exercises in Banjul

Posted by African Press International on August 7, 2007

Banjul (The Gambia) A French Navy frigate paid a weekend visit to Banjul, capital of The Gambia, and carried out exercises around the seaport in pursuit of a routine along the Western African coast.

The French Navy has engaged in this activity, known as Missions Corymbes, since 1999.

A cocktail reception was hosted aboard the frigate, attended by the top brass of The Gambia\s armed forces, government officials and a number of French expatriates resident in the country.

The frigate\s captain, Yonec Fihey said he was delighted with the Gambian hospitality.

He said his crew had over the years been used to providing, among other things, technical assistance to local navies in surveillance and rescue operations.

\”We have a lot to offer,\” he said.

Pointing to the growing menace of illegal migration by sea, Fihey said their presence helps to provide information about fragile boats carrying youths in search of greener pastures in Europe.

However, he said, the French Navy is not part of the EU Frontex, which aims to reduce illegal migration to Europe.

The visiting seamen also engaged in a friendly football match during their stay with their Gambian counterparts who defeated them 3 goals to 1.

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SADC police prepares for 2010 World Cup in South Africa

Posted by African Press International on August 7, 2007

Maseru (Lesotho) Lesothos Police Chief Malejaka Letooane Tuesday told the media here that police in the Southern Africa have structures in place aimed at preventing crime during the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa.

Letooane was addressing a press conference in Maseru on her return from the annual general meeting of Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) held in Zambia this past week.

With the upcoming of 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the police have agreed to work together to fight human trafficking, illegal migrants and drug abuse in the region, she said.

Letooane said the Lusaka meeting focused on these three areas because they are believed to be the major challenges that are likely to be encountered during the world football extravaganza.

SARPCCO is an official forum comprising all police chiefs in Southern Africa, set up in 1995 at a conference of police chiefs in Zimbabwe.

SARPCCO groups Lesotho, Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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