Ministry of Defence Justice and Security(MDJS)
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02/10/13
PRESS RELEASE THE 23RD SESSION OF THE NAMIBIA/BOTSWANA JOINT PERMANENT COMMISSION ON DEFENCE AND SECURITY HELD AT SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA FROM 24-26 SEPTEMBER 2013

PRESS RELEASE

THE 23RD SESSION OF THE NAMIBIA/BOTSWANA JOINT PERMANENT COMMISSION ON DEFENCE AND SECURITY

HELD AT SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA FROM 24-26 SEPTEMBER 2013

 

1.    The 23rd Session of the Namibia/Botswana Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security was held at Swakopmund, Namibia from 24 to 26 September 2013.

 

2.    The delegation of the Republic of Namibia was led by Honourable Immanuel NGATJIZEKO, MP, Minister of Safety and Security and included Honourable Petrus IILONGA, MP, Deputy Minister of Defence, Honourable Dr. Elia KAIYAMO, MP, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, and Senior Government Officials.

 

3.    The delegation of the Republic of Botswana was led by Honourable Dikgakgamatso N. SERETSE, MP, Minister of Defence, Justice and Security and included Honourable Edwin J. BATSHU, MP, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs and Senior Government Officials.

4.    The Commission reviewed the implementation of the resolutions adopted during the 22nd Session of the Botswana-Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security which was held in Gaborone, Botswana from 12 to 16 November 2012, and expressed satisfaction with progress made.

5.    The Commission also noted with satisfaction the continued cooperation among the Defence and Security agencies of the two countries, and agreed to further strengthen such cooperation.

6.    The Commission noted with concern that transnational organized crimes, particularly poaching of elephants and rhinos, continue to be a security threat to both countries. In this regard, the Commission resolved to intensify efforts in the fight against all forms of criminal activities and called for heightened vigilance and extensive cooperation amongst the Defence and Security agencies.

7.    The Commission condemned terrorist attacks directed at the Republic of Kenya in September 2013 and regretted the loss of innocent lives. The two countries undertook to remain vigilant and spare no effort to prevent all acts of terror.

8.    The Commission noted with concern the resurgence of fighting in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this regard, the Commission expressed support for the deployment of the SADC Intervention Brigade to contain the worsening security situation in that part of the country.

9.    On Madagascar, the Commission welcomed the establishment of the Special Electoral Court and other subsequent positive developments which would pave the way for the holding of free, fair and credible elections in that country in  October, 2013.

10.    Regarding Zimbabwe, the Commission noted the holding of harmonized elections on 31 July 2013. The Commission also commended the people of Zimbabwe for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves during the elections.

11.    Concerning Mozambique, the Commission expressed concern over the violent activities, which threaten peace and stability in that country. Notwithstanding, the Commission commended the willingness of both the Government of Mozambique and RENAMO to enter into dialogue aimed at finding a lasting solution to their differences.

12.    The Botswana delegation expressed its profound gratitude for the warm hospitality accorded to them by the Government and people of the Republic of Namibia during their stay.

13.     The Botswana delegation extended an invitation to the Namibian delegation to the 24th Session of the Botswana-Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security to be held in Botswana on a date and venue to be communicated. The Namibian delegation accepted the invitation.

14.     The meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere characterized by frank exchange of views, indicative of the warm and cordial relations existing between the two countries.

SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA

26 SEPTEMBER, 2013

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