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Angola calls for attention to conflicts in SADC region
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09:19, June 06, 2008

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Angolan Acting Speaker of the National Assembly Joao Lourenco here on Thursday appealed to ministers of the Interstate Defense and Security Committee (IDSC) of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to pay greater attention to the conflicts in some SADC member countries.

Addressing the opening session of the 29th IDSC Meeting in the Angolan capital Luanda, Joao Lourenco referred the meeting as being held at a moment that the sub-region faces some serious conflicts including those in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Zimbabwe as well as the recent event taking place in South Africa.

"To the committee a serious reflection is required with an aim to find adequate solutions," the Angolan acting speaker said, when addressing all the defense ministers and top officials of the SADC member countries.

He added that IDSC is also necessary in the face of the great challenges the world faces, like that of energy crisis, food insecurity, problems related to international terrorism, world ecologic crisis, illegal immigration, trafficking of parts and human beings.

According to Joao Lourenco, ISDC has made satisfactory progresses since its creation, with the launching of SADC's Early Warning Brigade, participation of member states in peacekeeping operations in various parts of the world, the setting up of Peacekeeping Training Center, as well as the efforts made toward management of conflicts and natural disasters in some of the states of the region.

Meanwhile, the Angolan acting speaker also called for the need to continue reflecting on the type of structures the organ has currently, with a view to find mechanisms which can make the organization more effective and efficient.

At the two-day meeting, participants will also discuss and analyze laws and regulations related to peace and security in the region, contributions of member states in missions of aid to peace in the continent and worldwide, pacification process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), trafficking of firearms and the consequences of the disastrous heavy rains that hit the region, among others.

The SADC is made up of 14 countries including Angola, Botswana, the DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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