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21ST SESSION OF THE NAMIBIA/BOTSWANA JOINT PERMANENT COMMISS...
21/07/11

1.   The 21st Session of the Namibia/Botswana Joint Permanent Commission
on Defence and Security was held at Swakopmund, Namibia from the 12th to 16th July 2011.

2.   The delegation of the Republic of Namibia led by Hon Maj Gen (rtd)
Charles DNP NAMOLOH, MP, Minister of Defence comprised Hon Erastus A.
UUTONI, MP, Deputy Minister of Safety and Security, Hon Elia KAIYAMO, MP, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, His Excellency Hadino HISHONGWA, Namibia High Commissioner to Botswana and senior government officials.

3. The delegation of the Republic of Botswana was led by Hon. Edwin J.
BATSHU, MP, Acting Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, comprised His Excellency Duke G. LEFHOKO, the Botswana High Commissioner to Namibia and senior government officials.

4.   The Commission reviewed the implementation of the resolutions of
the 20th Session of the Botswana/Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security that was held in Gaborone, Botswana from the 20th to 24th  September 2010 and expressed satisfaction with the implementation thereof. The Commission also noted with satisfaction the continued co-operation among the Defence and Security agencies of the two countries and agreed to further strengthen such co-operation.

Furthermore, the Commission noted with satisfaction the continued excellent defence and security relations between the two countries and urged their respective officials to further strengthen it.

The Namibian delegation expressed appreciation to the Government of Botswana for having responded timely by providing humanitarian assistance to the Namibian flood victims.

5.   The Commission noted that trans-national organized crime continue
to be a threat to both countries and the region. In this regard, the Commission resolved to redouble its efforts in the fight against all forms of criminal activities and called for vigilance and extensive co-operation amongst Security Agencies in the fight against crime.

6.   The Commission noted challenges relating to the management of
natural, wildlife and marine resources. In this regard, the delegation of Botswana expressed its support for Namibia's efforts in ensuring sustainable management of its marine resources.

7.   The Commission noted with satisfaction the on-going mediation
efforts by SADC aimed at finding a lasting solution to the political situation in Madagascar. In this regard, the Commission commended the SADC Chairperson, the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr. Hifikepunye POHAMBA and the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, the President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Rupiah BANDA for their efforts. The Commission urged all Malagasy Political Parties to work together to end the conflict and bring peace and stability in that country.

8.   The Commission noted with concern the volatile security situation
in the Abyei region in the Sudan. In this regard the Commission called upon the two parties to the conflict to find an amicable solution to the crisis.

9.   The Commission welcomed the birth of South Sudan as the 54th
independent African country on 9th July 2011. The Commission congratulated and wished the Republic of South Sudan and its people peace and prosperity as they embark on the new road of nation-building.

10. The Commission expressed concern over the security situation in Egypt, Tunisia and the fighting in Libya. In this regard, the Commission expressed support for the African  Union (AU) Roadmap aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the on-going military and political problems in Libya.

11. 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.

12. The Botswana delegation extended an invitation to the Namibian delegation to the 22nd Session of the Botswana/Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security to be held in Botswana on a date and venue to be announced. The Namibian delegation accepted the invitation.

13. The meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere that characterized the warm and cordial relations existing between the two neighbouring countries.

 

SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA
15TH JULY, 2011


 

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