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Mozambique, Zambia establish joint military, security cooperation

Posted by African Press International on September 15, 2007

Maputo (Mozambique) Mozambique and Zambia have agreed to set up a Joint Defence and Security Cooperation Commission which, among other duties, will be charged with harmonising relations of military cooperation, and the fight against cross-border crime, APA has learnt.

The decision was announced on Saturday by Zambian Defence Minister George Mpondo, after an audience with Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, during which the two men discussed the current state of cooperation between Mozambique and Zambia, and future prospects.

Mpombo told reporters that the new joint commission should be operational by the end of this year. It should bring together the defence and security forces of the two countries, and implement a joint training programme for the army and air force.

As part of this initiative, Zambian lecturers will travel to the Samora Machel Military Academy in the northern Mozambican city of Nampula to provide assistance in the courses held there.

“The commission will also facilitate operations against cross-border crime and other phenomena that damage the well being of the two countries”, said Mpombo.

Mpombo was visiting Mozambique at the head of a Zambian delegation charged with discussing with the Mozambican Defence Ministry the areas of cooperation to be covered by the new commission.

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Rebel leader Nkunda vows to fight troops deployed to eartern DR Congo

Posted by African Press International on September 15, 2007

Goma (RDC) The former General in the Democratic Republic of Congo Army and chairman of the National congress for the defense of the people (CNDP) rebel group, Laurent Nkunda, said he was against the deployment of the mixed brigades from the Eastern Ituri province, arguing that they are rather troops of the Rwandan Liberation Defense Forces in the service of Kinshasa.

dr-congo-rebel.jpgIn a statement last Tuesday, Laurent Nkunda argued that such a troop deployment is not conducive to peace in a context of conflict.

According to him, such a move would push “certain tribes to become xenophobic against local ethnic groups, which could lead to a genocide in this part of the Congolese territory,” namely Masisi and Rutshuru.

MONUC (UN mission in Congo) has not approved the deployment of the Congolese troops, Laurent Nkunda further said.

The deposed General warned from his Bwiza headquarters that any military troops which would be deployed in Masisi, Bwito or Rutshuru will have to face his forces because, it is genocide against the Tutsi minority ethnic group, and the masterminds of this awful plan should be exposed in time.

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