Subject: XN: Portuguese-speaking countries agree to cooperate against terrorism

Also - Lusa: CPLP defense ministers boost cooperation against terrorism

Portuguese-speaking countries agree to cooperate against terrorism

June 2, 2004 7:53am

LUANDA, Jun 2, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Defense ministers from the Community of the Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) have agreed to enhance their information exchanges in the fighting against terrorist threats, according to reports reaching here from Bissau on Wednesday.

They reached the agreement in two days of talks in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau.

During the talks, the ministers studied a paper on the CPLP potential role in crisis management and conflict prevention.

The CPLP defense chiefs also held informal discussions on the possibilities to set up a joint force for humanitarian and peacekeeping missions, an issue not included on the agenda.

Earlier, the ministers signed a new "technical-military cooperation" accord broadening their already extensive multilateral ties, said Guinea-Bissau's Defense Minister Daniel Gomes.

But Portugal and Brazil have reacted cautiously to the mooted joint force that has been encouraged by the CPLP's other five African members as well as East Timor.

Portuguese Defense Minister Paulo Portas told the press that such operational issues should be treated with "the necessary prudence," as in a military context things are built rather than decreed.

Brazilian Defense Minister Admiral Miguel Angelo Davena underlined the CPLP's dispersion over four continents, noting that the most effective joint missions would be for the bloc's armed forces to prepare for further participation in UN actions.

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CPLP defense ministers boost cooperation against terrorism

Bissau, June 1 (Lusa) - Defense ministers from the CPLP Lusophone bloc agreed Tuesday to increase their information exchanges to deal with "terrorist threats".

Winding up two days of talks in Guinea-Bissau, the ministers from the CPLP (Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries) also said they had studied a paper on the bloc`s potential role in crisis management and conflict prevention.

The CPLP defense chiefs also held informal discussions of the possible creation of a joint force for humanitarian and peacekeeping missions, an issue not included on the agenda.

Earlier, the ministers signed a new "technical-military cooperation" accord, broadening their already extensive multilateral ties, Guinea's defense minister, Daniel Gomes said.

CPLP armed forces already participate in yearly joint maneuvers, scheduled this year for Angola, and share the Maputo-headquartered Center for Strategic Analysis.

Portugal and Brazil have reacted cautiously to the mooted joint force that has been encouraged by the CPLP's five African members and supported by East Timor.

Lisbon's defense minister, Paulo Portas, told journalists Monday that such operational issues should be treated with "the necessary prudence", as in a military context things are built rather than decreed.


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