TransAfrica Legislative Update
(Vol. 1, No. 3)
Washington, DC, United States
Contents: HAMILTON BILL TO BAR COVERT AID TO UNITA • NEW SOUTH AFRICA SANCTIONS BILL • HOUSE DELEGATION VISITS HAITI • On February 28, Rep. Lee Hamilton, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, with seven Democratic Committee colleagues, introduced H.R. 4276 that would prohibit covert assistance to UNITA – the South African-backed rebel group led by Jonas Savimbi that is attempting to overthrow the Angolan government. It allows assistance to UNITA only if such aid is overt and is ratified by a joint resolution of Congress. Ff passed, the bill would undermine the Reagan Administration's plans to provide Savimbi with a $15 million covert package, which includes Stinger anti-aircraft launchers and TOW anti-tank weapons. The bill would force Congress to seriously address the increased U.S. involvement in the Angolan civil war. The House Committee on Intelligence approved H.R. 4276 on March 18 by a vote of 10-6. The bill is expected to be considered by the House Foreign Affairs Committee in April. Senator Paul Simon introduced a South Africa sanctions bill on March 7; the bill (S. 2157) would prohibit imports into the U.S. of steel, coal, and fluorspar that is mined or produced in South Africa. In 1985, the U.S. imported approximately 411,000 tons of steel and more than 600,000 tons of coal from South Africa. Annually, about 29% of U.S. imports of fluorspar come from South Africa.
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