WINDHOEK-- The 21st session of the Namibia-Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS) ended here Thursday after taking note of ongoing land issues in Namibia and some member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and congratulated the Namibian government for committing itself to addressing the matter.

The meeting also assessed political and security developments in Namibia and Zambia which had taken place since the last session and noted that the situation in both countries remained peaceful and stable. It observed, however, that trans-national crimes such as illegal possession of firearms, migration, smuggling of goods, as well as human and drug trafficking continued to pose a threat to the two countries.

The commission, in a media statement issued after the meeting, also expressed concern over the increasing cases of wildlife crimes in both countries and underscored the need for defence and security forces in both countries to remain vigilant.

The JPCDS undertook to re-affirm and secure the common border by 2022 while urging the law enforcement institutions of both countries to enhance the fight against cross-border crimes and to, accordingly, address migration, refugees, and customs issues.

It also reviewed the implementation of the resolution of the 20th Session of the Commission, held in September 2017 in Livingstone, Zambia, and noted with satisfaction the progress made in their execution.

The Namibian delegation was led by the Minister of Defence, Penda ya Ndakolo, while Minister of Safety and Security, Retired General Charles Namoloh, also attended. The Zambian delegation was led by Defence Minister Davies Chama, accompanied by the Minister of Home Affairs (Interior), Stephen Kampyongo.