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DATE=1/5/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-243804 TITLE=ANGOLA / FIGHTING (L - ONLY) BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE UNITED NATIONS SAYS THE SECURITY SITUATION IN ANGOLA IS CONTINUING TO DETERIORATE, DESPITE STEPPED-UP U-N EFFORTS TO MEDIATE IN THE CONFLICT. V-O-A'S UNITED NATIONS CORESPONDENT MAX RUSTON REPORTS. TEXT: U-N SPOKESMAN FRED ECKHARD SAYS U-N SECURITY COORDINATOR BENON SEVAN IS NOW IN ANGOLA CARRYING SEPARATE LETTERS FROM SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN TO THE ANGOLAN GOVERNMENT AND THE LEADER OF THE UNITA OPPOSITION GROUP, JONAS SAVIMBI. HE SAYS MR. SEVAN MET TUESDAY WITH ANGOLA'S DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER AND THE MINISTER FOR TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT. IT IS NOT CLEAR WHEN, OR IF, HE WILL MEET WITH LEADERS OF UNITA. MR. SEVAN WAS SENT TO ANGOLA TO ASSESS THE SECURITY THREAT TO U-N PERSONNEL IN THE COUNTRY AND TO FACILITATE SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS FOR TWO U-N CHARTERED AIRCRAFT THAT CRASHED IN THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS. U-N OFFICIALS SAY THEY BELIEVE THE AIRCRAFT WERE SHOT DOWN BY UNITA FORCES. EACH SIDE IN THE CONFLICT BLAMES THE OTHER FOR SHOOTING THE PLANES DOWN. MR. ECKHARD SAYS VIOLENCE IS CONTINUING TO ESCALATE DESPITE REPEATED U-N CALLS FOR A CEASE-FIRE. /// ECKHARD ACT /// THE ANGOLAN GOVERNMENT CLAIMS THAT THEY HAVE REGAINED CONTROL OF THE TOWN OF VILLA NOVA, EIGHT KILOMETERS FROM THE ASSUMED CRASH SITE OF THE FIRST U-N AIRCRAFT, AND THAT THEY ARE GETTING CLOSE TO THAT SITE. OUR RESCUE TEAM IS STANDING BY IN HUAMBO. MEANWHILE UNITA IS REPORTED TO HAVE STARTED TO BARRAGE AND LAY SIEGE TO MALANJE, THE CAPITAL OF MALANJE PROVINCE. WE HAVE A TEAM SITE THERE WITH SIX CIVILIAN POLICE AND ONE MILITARY OBSERVER. /// END ACT /// ALL UNITED NATIONS HUMANITARIAN FLIGHTS IN ANGOLA HAVE NOW BEEN SUSPENDED. U-N OFFICIALS SAY THE FLIGHTS WERE THE LAST POSSIBLE METHOD FOR DELIVERING RELIEF SUPPLIES TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE INTERIOR OF THE COUNTRY. U-N OFFICIALS SAY FULL-SCALE WAR DOES APPEAR TO HAVE RESUMED IN ANGOLA, MARKING THE BREAK-DOWN OF THE 1994 LUSAKA PEACE ACCORD, WHICH WAS INTENDED TO END MORE THAN TWO DECADES OF CIVIL WAR IN THE COUNTRY. THE UNITED NATIONS HAS A PEACEKEEPING FORCE IN ANGOLA STAFFED WITH ABOUT 700 SOLDIERS. THAT FORCE HAS HELPED ENSURE THE SECURITY OF RELIEF WORKERS AND OTHER U-N STAFF. SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN IS EXPECTED TO PREPARE A REPORT FOR THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL OVER THE NEXT WEEK IN WHICH HE WILL RECOMMEND THAT THE COUNCIL EITHER STRENGTHEN THE PEACEKEEPING FORCE OR REMOVE IT FROM THE COUNTRY ALTOGETHER. (SIGNED) NEB/UN/MPR/LSF/WTW 05-Jan-99 4:54 PM EST (2154 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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