Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cameroon:President Biya's Security Adviser Dies in Helicopter Crash

 Colonel (res. ) Avi Sivan  has died  in an helicopter accident in Cameroon, Central Africa, where he was serving as President Biya 's security adviser.

Avi Sivan was  reportedly killed Monday in an helicopter crash near  Yaounde, capital of Cameroon, along with a local army commander,and others.

Sivan, a former commander of the Israel Defense Forces' Duvdevan elite unit,was now living in Yaounde in recent years, where he served as a security advisor  to President Biya,who has ruled Cameroon for 28 years running.

The circumstances of the crash are still unclear,but  local media reports alleged the crash took place as Col.Sivan was making his way to the city of Bamenda to supervise soldiers of the Cameroon military's elite unit ,the Rapid Intervention Batallion (BIR). The unit's commander was also killed in the accident.

Col.Sivan served in the past as head of a Defense Ministry delegation to Cameroon. After retiring from the army he decided to immigrate to Cameroon with his wife, reports said.

Sivan was not only  security advisor to  President Paul Biya but also a consultant for the Cameroon military,which will be celebrting its 50th anniversary on  November 29 in Bamenda. He was also in charge of the training of Cameroon's famous presidential guard brigade unit.

"Diplomatic relations between Israel and Cameroon developed in the early 1960s and were severed in 1973, following the Yom Kippur War. The countries renewed their ties 13 years later and are said to have extensive trade relations ".

In addition, Israel has provided Cameroon with financial aid in its war on poverty in the country.

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