by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
January 30, 1989
The Action Alert concerns the Tripartite Peace Agreement between the People's Republic of Angola, Cuba and South Africa, mediated by the United States, that was signed in New York on December 22, 1988. The agreement states terms for withdrawal of South African troops who have been occupying and destabilizing southern Angola since 1975, along with how South Africa must end more than 20 years of occupation of Namibia and withdraw its more than 100,000 troops from that country. The agreement also spells out an agreement between the Cubans and Angolans to begin a 27-month withdrawal of Cuban forces from Angola. The South African apartheid regime has faced the reality that the Angolan government will never be defeated militarily. If the South Africans adhere to the peace treaty, UN Resolution 435 that details the independence plan for Namibia is set to begin on April 1. On January 25, the UN Secretary-General announced his recommendation to cut the number of peace keeping troops which UN Resolution 435 earmarked for Namibia to monitor the November 1989 elections, from 7,500 to 4,650. The mailing asks people to write their Congressman and Senator to solicit letters from them to the State Department protesting the U.S. position in the UN which supports reduction of the UN peace keeping forces in Namibia. The mailing also seeks people who can monitor the elections process in Namibia. The mailing mentions SWAPO, the Permanent Members of the Security Council, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, the South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF), Koevoet, the Namibia/Angola Peace Accord, economic and military destabilization, political prisoners, the Sharpeville Six, pillars of apartheid, comprehensive economic sanctions, Senator Dennis DeConcini, Jonas Savimbi, UNITA, the Reagan Administration, Congressman Gus Yatron, the House Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Organizations, and the UN Institute for Namibia.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root