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Mon, 10 Oct 2011 17:22 - Updated Mon, 10 Oct 2011 17:32

Army on the watch for threats - Minister

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Angola's National Defence minister, Cândido Van-Dúnem

Bengo - The Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) are on the lookout for eventual risks and threats stemming from illegal immigration, drugs trafficking and international terrorism.

This was said Sunday in northern Bengo province by the Defence minister, Cândido Pereira Van-Dúnem.

The minister who was addressing  the main celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Angolan Armed Forces, said that as one of the nation’s structuring organs, FAA  are also on a process of reformulation and adjustment of its work philosophy to the great challenges of the present.

Candido Van-Dúnen mentioned the rebuilding of Armed Forces, reactivation of the staff, including the renewal of its personnel and reintegration of demobilised soldiers into the society as the main tasks in the present stage of their action.

In turning 20 years since its creation, FAA are better and better equipped to perform their duties with high professionalism, patriotic and duty spirit, assuming the commitment to setting an example of unity of the Nation, the minister added.

He appealed to everyone to continue observing the spirit of discipline, dedication, competence, strictness and transparency in all actions.

The event that went with the theme “FAA-20 years in defence of national sovereignty and independence” was marked by the inauguration of a barrack for the first battalion of the 70th Brigade, military parading and a music concert.

Attending the event were the Republic Attorney, João Maria de Sousa, Bengo governor, João Miranda and  the chief of Staff of FAA General Staff, gen. Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda.

Also present were MPs, representatives of the traditional authority, church officials, sergeants simple soldiers and civilians.