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MARITIME SECURITY – LUXEMBOURG AND PORTUGAL HELP CAPE VERDE

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Luxembourg and Portugal will help Cape Verde fight against trafficking at sea and strengthen the defense of its maritime borders. This is announced today by the Minister of Defense, Étienne Schneider, currently on a two-day working visit to Cape Verde. The main objectives of this cooperation will be the fight against drug trafficking to Europe and the maritime piracy of ships flying the Luxemburgish flag have already been victims.

This cooperation will concern men and materials:

– Luxembourg and Portugal will take charge of training the Non commissioned officers (NCOs) of the Cape Verdean Coast Guard in the Portuguese Navy academies.

– Luxembourg and Portugal will finance new operational equipment for the Cape Verde Coast Guard by the end of 2019.

– The Luxembourg army will cede to the Cape Verdean authorities decommissioned vehicles meeting their needs.

Cape Verde must ensure the security of its coastline and its vast exclusive economic zone of nearly 735,000 km2, and the cooperation of the three countries will greatly improve the situation.

Traditionally based on development aid, this Luxembourg-Cape Verde cooperation will be carried out within the framework of defence, giving new dimension to cooperation between the two countries.

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