Angola, the two Congos brace up against terrorism

Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo, DR Congo and Angola have indicated they were rallying behind international efforts against terrorism, following a meeting of their security ministers.
In a statement at the close of the meeting, Brigadier General Pierre Oba of Congo, Mwenze Kongolo of DR Congo and Fernanda Dia Piedade Dos Santos of Angola announced that the three countries intend to get "involved in international cooperation against terrorism.
" Dos Santos particularly noted that "the internationalisation of terrorism had reached disturbing proportions that requires increased vigilance and concerted effort against it.
" The three security ministers expressed satisfaction with the start of talks in DR Congo and the UN Security Council's decision to increase the number of cease-fire monitors in the country.
They announced the implementation of measures aimed at developing exchanges between the three countries.
They particularly concern the institution of a common visa, the computerisation of travel documents and harmonisation of trade and customs procedures.
The ministers also announced the conduct of a census of refugees and persons displaced by war in the three countries, in collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

31 october 2001 19:16:00

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