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Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:24 - Updated Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:42

Operation Transparency expanded to maritime coast

Luanda -Operation Transparency that started in September last year is to be expanded, in the coming days, to Angola?s maritime coast to prevent and combat illegal fishing, smuggling and human trafficking.

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Operation Transparency spokesperson Commissioner António Bernardo

Photo: Clemente dos Santos

Speaking in a press conference the operation’s spokesperson, Commissioner António Bernardo, explained that the roughly 1,650 km Atlantic coast and the  overall continental platform of Angola will begin being patrolled by the defence and security organs of this country as from March 25.   

The operation will also integrate the Maritime Port Institute of Angola (IMPA), National Fishing and Beekeeping Inspection Service (SNFPA) and the National Environmental Inspection Service.

According to the spokesperson, the extension of the operation began on February 18, and four main zones of action have been defined along the coast.

The Police Commissioner underscored that the operation will be ruthless in fighting offences and will bring to justice those who continue perpetrating acts against the territorial integrity of Angola.

In the meantime, the police chief added it has been noticed the massive presence of unauthorized boats fishing in the exclusive economic zone and at the continental shelf.

In addition, the police chief said the country has also been a road map for drugs trafficking.

Operation Transparency, launched in September 2018, is essentially intended to fight illegal immigration, illegal exploration of diamonds and put a stop to environmental crimes committed in the ambit of irregular prospecting of minerals.    

Data so far, released by the operation reports that at least 453,022 foreign citizens left the country, 35,884 were repatriated, 416,496 left voluntarily and 842 were transferred to Luanda to fly back to their countries.

Still as result of the operation, at least 159 cooperatives and 289 houses, involved in illegal purchase of diamonds, have been shut down, as well as the seizure of large sums of money.

It was also seized 34,480 carats of diamonds and 121,783 other precious stones.

The National Security bodies have dismantled and expelled national and foreign citizens involved in the plundering of resources in the provinces of Malanje, Uige, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Cuanza Sul, Bié and Cuando Cubango.

The operation was extended later to the provinces of Luanda, Bengo, Zaire and the sea, where many immigrants fleeing the diamond-rich areas tried to escape the effects of the operation.

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