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Vol 40 No 5

Published 5th May 1999


Francophone fronts

Luanda is sharpening up its diplomatic tactics after a string of military successes by the União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola in the north-west. Key to UNITA’s success has been the retraining of officers in Morocco (several hundred Moroccan soldiers are said to be helping with logistics and communications in the north-east following meetings in 1998 between Jonas Savimbi and King Hassan II) and help from Francophone sympathisers, such as Togo’s Gnassingbé Eyadéma and Burkina Faso’s Blaise Compaoré, with arms procurement and transshipment.

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