Luanda – The National Defence minister, Cândido Pereira Van-Dúnem, said Wednesday in Luanda that all troops of the Angolan Armed Forces that were in the Guinea Bissau have returned home.
The minister was speaking to journalists on the fringes of the 5th ordinary session of the ruling MPLA party’s Central Committee.
According to the official, the pull-out of the Angolan troops occurred in a calm environment.
“All military component that Angola had in Guinea Bissau, like men and materials are already in Angola and at the moment we are working toward their re-distribution to the barracks,” assured minister Cândido Van-Dúnem.
The staff of the FAA and National Police under the Angolan Military Mission in Guinea Bissau (Missang) completed their withdrawal on Saturday (June 10), following divergences created by that country’s military chiefs.
The Angolan troops were in Guinea Bissau since March 2011, under a technical and military
cooperation signed between the two countries, with the purpose of conducting reforms in the
local armed forces and police.
The programme that was interrupted included the repair of barracks and police stations,
administrative re-organisation, technical and military training, as well as the upgrade of staff
from military and police training institutions in Angola.