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Vol 37 No 1

Published 5th January 1996


Oily enclave

The MPLA government hopes to sort out Cabinda's future by the year 2000. Perhaps

Worried that instability in Cabinda could divert resources from its confrontation and negotiations with Jonas Savimbi's rebels, the Luanda government has spent several months trying to make diplomatic headway over the oil-rich enclave. Its strategy, established in September 1994, is first to sign truces with the three groups involved, then to hold a conference to work out some new formula for provincial autonomy. Portugal's arrangements for semi-autonomous Madeira are seen as a possible example. For a start, Luanda needs a truce with three armed separatist movements: the Frente de Libertação do Enclave de Cabinda-Forças Armadas Cabindesas (FLEC-FAC), based in the centre, Necuto and Miconge; FLEC-Renovada, based in the south and south-east; and the Frente Democrática de Cabinda (FDC) in Miconge.

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