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Vol 38 No 4

Published 14th February 1997


Angola

It's not over yet

The UN is gradually pulling out but key political and military issues are unresolved

The doubters have been proved wrong, says the ever optimistic Alioune Blondin Beye, the United Nations Secretary General's Special Representative in Angola. A government of national unity is about to be formed and the former combatants are merging their forces into a new national army, he stresses. It is true that between 15-20 February, União para a Independência Total de Angola ministers and deputies are due to take up their positions in the Government of Unity and National Reconciliation and that several thousand UNITA soldiers have joined the national army. Yet by the morning of 12 February, when UNITA was due to arrive in Luanda, the UN had not even sent an aeroplane to fetch the delegation. 'We've brought the horse to water ', said one UN source, 'Now it's up to them to make it drink'.

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