Angola reiterates its stand to snub peace missions

Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's minister of External relations, Joao Miranda, Monday in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, reiterated his country's "principle" not to participate in international peace-keeping missions.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the ongoing Eighth Summit of the African Union (AU) in the Ethiopian capital, Miranda insisted his country, "as a principle" does not participate in peace missions.
He was talking even after Angola was on Friday in Addis Ababa elected a member of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) for a three-year period, replacing South Africa in line with the regionally-agreed rotation-based principle.
Miranda, however, hailed the election, saying it was a reward for the dynamism shown by his country on the international scene, especially within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
The PSC, established in March 2004, is an AU body made up of 15 states, including 10 on a two-year mandate and five elected for a three-year term.

29 january 2007 21:15:00

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