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Angola says talks with DR Congo positive

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LUANDA, Dec 16, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The ongoing talks at the ninth session of the joint commission on border and refugee issues between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have made positive progress, commission spokesman Nelson Cosme said here on Wednesday.

At a press briefing on the two-day commission work in Luanda, Nelson Cosme said the commission had agreed to set up four sub- commissions to deal with urgent issues confronting the two nations.

The first sub-commission, dedicated to refugee and border issues,discussed illegal immigration, repatriation of foreign citizens in Angola and the situation of Angolans in the DRC wishing to voluntarily return to their homeland or to stay in the DRC.

The session also tackled the verification of the demarcation of the land and maritime borders between the two countries, and the extension of the continental platform, according to Nelson Cosme, who also serves as Angola's Foreign Ministry spokesman.

The second sub-commission, he said, analyzed matters related to transports, public works, energy and telecommunications. Both sides highlighted the construction of a bridge and a motor way that will link Soyo district, in Angola's northern Zaire, to the DRC, down to the Angola's northern Cabinda province.

Nelson Cosme said the other commission is dealing with issues related to the oil sector, the DRC's debts to Angola, the maritime zone of common interest, the supply of refined products from Angola to the neighboring country.

The fourth commission analyzed issues related to defense and security, the spokesman said without elaborating.

The ninth round of talks of the bilateral committee was co- chaired by Angolan Foreign Minister Assuno dos Anjos and the DRC's Minister of International and Regional Cooperation Raymond Tshibanda Mulongo.