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Vol 39 No 20

Published 9th October 1998


Angola

Mining and undermining

As UNITA responds to the MPLA's 'final push', diamonds will be crucial

Jonas Savimbi’s União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola is sometimes reported to have recently recaptured most of the diamond-mining areas from which it had been ousted by government troops. Our sources say the situation is rather different. Angola’s main deposits of alluvial diamonds lie along the Cuango River valley and its hills, in the provinces of Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul (AC Vol 39 No 5). Half of the country’s diamonds are produced there but output is at present uncertain - especially since the government and UNITA control all entry to the area.

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