FAA officers participate in CARIC Africa III military exercises

Addis Ababa – At least 25 officers of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) will participate on 27-30 March, this year, in the African Union (AU) Utulivu III military drill of Central Command, also dubbed African Capacity to Immediate Reaction to Crises (ACIRC), to happen in the Rwandan locality of Gako.

The event, which also has the code CPX-AU III, was officially opened last Saturday at the Rwanda Military Academy by the major-general Jacques Musemakweli, Chief of Staff of the Rwandan Armed Forces, and was attended by AU Commission representatives, military attaches accredited in Rwanda, as well as military attaches accredited in Ethiopia and the African Union.

He appealed to participants to show maximum commitment to the drill, having into account future peace maintenance operations, reads a note from the Angolan Embassy in Ethiopia.

During his address, he also quoted President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, delivered at the 27th Ordinary Session of the African Union, stating that Africans have the duty to find solutions to their problems relating to peace and security, as well as need to have under their control matters linked to development.

In his turn, the AU head of the peace maintenance operations department, Sivuiyle Bam, highlighted the readiness of the ACIRC force.

The opening ceremony was also witnessed by representatives ACIRC voluntary countries such as Angola, South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda, among other personalities.

The ACIRC – now being chaired by Rwanda from 01 January to 30 July this year, taking over from Angola – was conceived as a transitional mechanism for peace maintenance.

Source: Angola Press News Agency