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Vol 42 No 24

Published 7th December 2001


Later rather than sooner

Hopes for peace and for votes are once again put on hold

The blip of optimism has gone, the agony will continue. Forget serious efforts to end the guerrilla war and hold elections, at least until late 2003 or 2004. Angola's oil and gas are ever more valuable to Western customers anxious to cut their reliance on Middle East suppliers. Western finger-wagging at President José Eduardo dos Santos' government will be even less energetic in coming months.

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