Brazil may donate Bandeirante aircraft to Cape Verde

14 March 2012

Brazil’s Defence Minister has said that the Brazilian government plans to donate Bandeirante aircraft to Cape Verde to help the archipelago patrol its waters, the online edition of Cape Verdean newspaper A Nação reported.

Minister Celso Amorim noted, however, that the donation process required approval from the National Congress (Parliament), as well as preparation of the aircraft by the Brazilian Air Force, and did not say how many aircraft would be donated.

If the donation goes ahead, it will be just one of the results of the visit to Brazil by the Cape Verdean defence minister, Jorge Tolentino, which has been underway for about a week, and during which some unspecified aspects of two-way cooperation have been settled in the areas of defence and security.

According to Amorim, Brazil plans to contribute to increasing security in the Atlantic region, where Cape Verde is located, thus contributing to “peace and security” in the region.

The same was said on 1 March by the Commander of the Brazilian Navy, Fleet Admiral Júlio Moura Neto, during his visit to Cape Verde. At the time he noted that sea piracy was spreading across the Mid-Atlantic and that Brazil wanted to prevent its arrival in its waters, and said it was possible the country would send patrol ships to the West African coast.

Amongst the problems faced by Cape Verde, Jorge Tolentino told Portuguese news agency Lusa before leaving Brazil, were trafficking of drugs and people, as well as illegal fishing, whilst reports of piracy on the West African coast were also increasing.

Cape Verde has an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covering 723,265 square kilometres, which is 2.18 times greater that the area of the islands and islets of the archipelago and the Bandeirante turbo-prop aircraft (EMB-110) for military and civil use are manufactured by Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer). (macauhub)