Ministry of Defence Justice and Security(MDJS)
Press Release
17/02/14
29TH SESSION OF THE BOTSWANA-ZIMBABWE JOINT PERMANENT COMMISSION ON DEFENCE AND SECURITY, MOWANA SAFARI LODGE, KASANE, BOTSWANA 10 – 13 FEBRUARY 2014 PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

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1.      The 29th Session of the Botswana-Zimbabwe Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security was held at the Mowana Safari Lodge, Kasane, Botswana, from 10th to 13th February 2014.

 

2.      The Botswana delegation was led by Hon. Dikgakgamatso Ramadeluka  Ndelu SERETSE, MP, Minister of Defence, Justice and Security and included Hon. Edwin Jenamiso BATSHU, MP, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, and Senior Government Officials.

 

3.      The Zimbabwe delegation was led by Hon. Didymus N.E. MUTASA, MP, Minister of Presidential Affairs.  The delegation included Hon. Kembo C.D. MOHADI, MP, Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Fortune CHASI, Deputy Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and Senior Government Officials.

 

 

4.      The Commission deliberated on bilateral issues of mutual interest in the areas of Defence, State and Public Security, and reviewed the implementation of the resolutions of the last meeting, which was held at The Holiday Inn, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from 27th - 31st August 2012. In this regard, the Commission expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the sister Republics.

 

5.      The Commission commended the Republic of Zimbabwe for successfully holding peaceful harmonized general elections on the 31st July 2013.

6.      The Commission noted with satisfaction the decision taken by the AU Summit, held from 30th to 31st January 2014, to elect the Republic of Zimbabwe as Deputy Chair of the African Union for the year 2014.

 

7.      The Commission recalled the resolution made by the 32nd Session of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit, calling for the unconditional lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe by the European Union, the United States of America, Britain and their allies.

 

8.      In the area of Public Security, the Commission reaffirmed its resolve to intensify bilateral cooperation in dealing with transnational organised crime such as poaching, livestock rustling, smuggling of goods, human and drug trafficking.

 

9.      The Commission, once again, identified poaching in prime wildlife areas, particularly Chobe National Park and Hwange National Park, as a serious problem that requires collective effort by the two countries in consultation with other neighbouring countries. In this regard, the Commission congratulated Botswana for successfully hosting the African Elephant Summit, which was held in Gaborone from 2nd to 4th December, 2013.

 

 

10.      With regard to Defence, the Commission observed with satisfaction that resolutions made during its 28th Session had been successfully implemented. This contributed to regional peace and stability, as well as the solidification of the existing harmonious relations between the two countries.

 

11.      The Commission noted that progress on the re-affirmation of the International Border between Botswana and Zimbabwe continues to be hampered by logistical challenges. The Commission therefore underscored the importance of capacitating the Surveyors General to complete the remaining work within two (2) years.

 

12.      With regard to regional security, the Commission noted with satisfaction the positive developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as progress made in implementing the Peace and Security Cooperation Framework. The Commission however expressed concern that the continued presence of armed groups, especially in Eastern DRC, and the regrouping of M23 rebels continue to pose serious threats to the stability of the DRC and the Great Lakes region.

 

13.      On Madagascar, the Commission welcomed the recent elections and inauguration of His Excellency Mr. Rajaonarimampianina Rakotoarimanana Hery Martial as the new President. This has created a conducive environment for the return of the country to constitutional order. The Commission recognized and welcomed the re-admission of the country as a member of both SADC and the African Union.

 

14.      Regarding Mozambique, the Commission noted with satisfaction the recent resumption of talks between the Government and RENAMO, with a view to resolving their differences through dialogue. The Commission welcomed this positive development and encouraged continuation of dialogue to amicably resolve all outstanding matters.

 

 

 

15.      Regarding South Sudan, the Commission welcomed the conclusion of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement brokered by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and urged the concerned parties in South Sudan to continue with peaceful means of resolving their differences.

 

16.      The Commission expressed deep sorrow on the passing on of former President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Nelson MANDELA, and conveyed its heartfelt condolences to the Government, the family and the people of the Republic of South Africa.

 

17.   The Zimbabwe delegation expressed its appreciation to the Government and the people of Botswana for the excellent facilities put at its disposal and the warm hospitality extended to it.

 

18.      The Zimbabwe delegation extended an invitation to Botswana to attend the 30th Session of the Joint Permanent Commission, to be held in Zimbabwe in 2015 at a date and venue to be advised.  The Botswana delegation accepted the invitation.

 

KASANE, BOTSWANA

13TH FEBRUARY 2014

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