5 EU and 5 N. African states sign co-op for 'air anti-terrorism'

Chiefs of staff from the air forces of five EU and five North African states met and agreed to increase air anti-terrorism cooperation, Algerian Defense Ministry said.

5 EU and 5 N. African states sign co-op for 'air anti-terrorism'

Chiefs of staff from the air forces of five EU and five North African states met on Saturday and agreed to increase air anti-terrorism cooperation, Algerian Defense Ministry said.

The "5+5" group comprises five North African countries in the southwest of the Mediterranean - Algeria, Tunis, Morocco, Mauritania, Libia - and European countries to the north of the Mediterranean - France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Malta.

The head of the Algerian air force, Major-General Abdelkader Lounes said the meeting aimed to strengthen dialogue and negotiation among the group and to build a mechanism for cooperation on the Mediterranean rim.

All the member states of the "5+5" group have worked on their common interests and the initiative takes the air security of all partners into consideration, Lounes said.

He noted that the "5+5" states must equip their forces so they can launch counterattacks. The efficiency of the response relies on the exchange of information between the countries.

Lounes called for the unification of codes and measures of these countries to make it easier to mount an airborne intervention against terrorist threats. He has also proposed a common action plan on air security from 2008.

All the proposals will be discussed when the defense ministers meet in Italy at the end of this year.

Last Mod: 10 Haziran 2007, 11:02
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