STRONGER SUPPORT NEEDED FOR ANGOLAN PEACE

ACTION ALERT
by Imani Countess, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
May 27, 1994
Publisher: Washington Office on Africa
8 pages
Mailing including a cover letter; an Action Alert; the executive summary of a report by the executive summary of a report prepared after a March visit to Angola by representatives of the Office of Transition Initiatives in AID, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and the Department of Defense; and Sample Letter. The cover letter says although it is virtually absent from the news, the war in Angola continues. Negotiations to end the war are at a delicate stage; the United Nations will be meeting next week to consider renewal of the mandate for the current very limited UN presence. The cover letter says the level of willingness of the international community to support an adequate UN presence will be critical in determining whether a lasting agreement is soon finalized, and how it is implemented. The cover letter says I am enclosing for your information an action alert prepared by the Washington Office on Africa, and the executive summary of a report prepared after a March visit to Angola by representatives of the Office of Transition Initiatives in AID, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and the Department of Defense. The Action Alert says talks in Lusaka, Zambia on a new peace settlement in Angola are moving into their seventh month; diplomatic sources say an agreement may be near, and the gap between the parties on the basic issue of how large a share of power to grant election loser Unita has been narrowed; once that is resolved, the military technicalities of a cease-fire will be addressed. But talks could still stall, and implementation of an agreement will depend on commitment of an adequate United Nations peacekeeping force. The Action Alert says in particular, it is urgent that the United States pledge adequate financial support for the 5,000 to 7,000 United Nations troops required to supervise troop demobilization once an agreement is signed. The Action Alert asks people to write Anthony Lake at the National Security Council and Warren Christopher at the U.S. State Department and say you are concerned at the delay in reaching a new peace settlement in Angola and are convinced that it is also urgent that the U.S. make a firm commitment to funding an expanded United Nations mission if an agreement is signed. The Action Alert asks people to send copies of their message to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, Asst. Secretary of State Doug Bennet, and Senior Director for Global Issues at the NSC (National Security Council) Dick Clark. The mailing discusses Jonas Savimbi, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, war, international relief, cereal production, food supplies, agriculture, freedom of movement, the MPLA, the UN Security Council, an oil and fuel embargo, soldiers, ex-combatants, NGOs, Angola's mine problem, clearing mines, the Central Mine Action Unit, humanitarian assistance, UNAVEM III (United Nations Angola Verification Mission III), the União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA), UN observers and peacekeepers, USAID, the demobilization and reintegration process, diamonds, Zaire, and the UN's humanitarian coordination unit (UCAH).
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Aubrey McCutcheon Southern Africa Papers, Michigan State University Libraries, Special Collections