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Vol 38 No 8

Published 11th April 1997


Trouble next door

Luanda hopes to benefit from the demise of its old enemy Mobutu

Zaïre's slow-burning revolution has made a quick impact on Angola. President José Eduardo dos Santos is cheering on Laurent-Désiré Kabila's forces and has helped by facilitating the airlift of several battalions of 'Katangese gendarmes' (both serving and former soldiers in the Forças Armadas de Angola) to Bukavu. Meanwhile, Jonas Savimbi has made available troops from the União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA) to serve alongside the Forces Armées Zaïroises, to help his ally and business partner President Mobutu Sese Seko. So far, things have gone well for Kabila; should they turn sour as his forces move westwards, he might be glad of help from his friends in Luanda (see Box).

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