Zambia, Mozambique discuss threats to peace
By BRIAN HATYOKA -
THE Zambia –Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security yesterday discussed threats which could undermine peace and security along the borders of the two countries.
Some of the issues which have potential to undermine peace and security between the two countries include illegal migration, money laundering, smuggling as well as drug and human trafficking.
Zambia’s Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary Rosemary Salukatula said defence and security officials from the two countries had broken into committees to discuss threats that could undermine peace and security.
Ms Salukatula said the committees from both countries would come up with recommendations or resolutions for the ministerial meeting which would take place today.
She was speaking at Chrismar Hotel in Livingstone yesterday on the side-lines of the ongoing 7th session of the Zambia-Mozambique joint permanent commission on Defence and Security.
The conference, which has attracted several defence and security officers from Zambia and Mozambique, is expected to end on November 1, 2013.
“We are now having committee meetings and later we will have a plenary session where we will go through all recommendations from committees and adopt them for presentation to the Ministerial Committee.
“On Wednesday, the ministries responsible for Defence and Security from the two countries will issue a communiqué or a Press release on the outcome of this meeting,” Ms Salukatula said.
She said Ministers of Defence and Security or their representatives from both countries would officiate at the ministerial meeting.
Ms Salukatula, who is the chairperson of the Commission, said Zambia and Mozambique, enjoyed good relations and that there was need to enhance the relationship by fighting transnational crimes.
And speaking at the same function, Mozambique delegation co-chairperson Teofilo Joao thanked Zambia for hosting the meeting.
Mr Joao said such meetings should continue for the political, economic and social stability of the two countries.