by Dumisani S. Kumalo, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
April 1, 1993
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
3 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Angola, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says for the first time since the beginning of the Reagan/Bush era, the U.S. Senate and House have agreed on a concurrent resolution on Africa calling for the immediate recognition of the government of Angola; Congress is acting with urgency because more than 15,000 people have died in UNITA's new war on the Angolan people. The mailing says in the seventeen years since Angola gained independence from Portugal, the CIA and the South African regime financed and participated in a brutal war in Angola fought by Jonas Savimbi and his UNITA renegades against the Angolan people; the U.S. logic for its support of Savimbi was framed in cold war terms. The mailing says in May 1991 the Angolan government signed a peace agreement providing for a cease-fire, demilitarization of the two armies and multiparty elections under United Nations supervision; in the September 1992 balloting, the MPLA and other smaller parties won 129 seats in the legislature to UNITA's 70; in the presidential elections on the same day, the MPLA candidate won 49.57% of the vote, less than one percentage short of the simple majority needed to avoid a runoff election; Jonas Savimbi won 40.07%. The mailing says please solidify support for the democratically elected government of Angola by using this time while Congress is in recess to call the local office of your elected officials; ask your Congressional representative to vote for resolution Hit 75; ask your Senator to vote for resolution SR RES 70. The mailing includes a reprinted newspaper article "U.S. Policy Toward Angola Languishes As Appointee Waits for Confirmation" by Robert S. Greenberger. he mailing discusses the MPLA, the Soviet Union, Cuba, President Clinton, George Moose, Herman Cohen, the Bush administration, Democrats, Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Rep. Harry Johnston, the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Paul Simon, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Alfredo Salvaterra, the Organization of American States, and the Cold War.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive