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DATE=4/19/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-248283 TITLE=ANGOLA / UNITA (L ONLY) BYLINE=ALEX BELIDA DATELINE=JOHANNESBURG CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: DESPITE INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS, ANGOLA'S UNITA REBEL MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO ACQUIRE NEW WEAPONS -- INCLUDING POWERFUL ROCKETS THAT COULD BE USED IN TERROR ATTACKS ON GOVERNMENT-HELD CITIES. SOUTHERN AFRICA CORRESPONDENT ALEX BELIDA REPORTS ON THIS DRAMATIC NEW ASPECT OF ANGOLA'S ONGOING CIVIL WAR. TEXT: A SENIOR ANGOLAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL SAYS THE UNITA REBELS HAVE ACQUIRED FROG-SEVEN GROUND ARTILLERY ROCKETS. THESE WEAPONS CAN CARRY A MASSIVE 550-KILOGRAM CONVENTIONAL WARHEAD AND HAVE A RANGE OF 70-KILOMETERS. MILITARY ANALYSTS FAMILIAR WITH THE WEAPON SAY IT IS NOT PARTICULARLY ACCURATE. BUT THEY CALL IT A "TERROR WEAPON" WHICH IF FIRED INTO A CITY OR TOWN COULD CREATE WIDESPREAD PANIC. THE ANGOLAN OFFICIAL, INTERVIEWED IN LUANDA BY THE VOICE OF AMERICA ON CONDITION OF ANONYMITY, COULD NOT SAY HOW MANY OF THE FROG-SEVENS UNITA HAS DEPLOYED OR WHERE THE REBEL ROCKETS ARE LOCATED. HOWEVER, INDEPENDENT SECURITY SOURCES SAY THAT EARLIER THIS YEAR, AT LEAST FOUR OF THE ROCKETS WERE SPOTTED AROUND UNITA'S CENTRAL HIGHLANDS STRONGHOLD OF ANDULO, APPARENTLY DEPLOYED AS A DEFENSIVE WEAPON AGAINST GOVERNMENT ASSAULTS. THERE HAVE BEEN NO CONFIRMED REPORTS OF ANY OF THE ROCKETS BEING FIRED IN THE CURRENT FIGHTING IN ANGOLA. SOME DIPLOMATS IN LUANDA APPEAR SKEPTICAL THAT UNITA HAS SUCH WEAPONS, AND HAVE ASKED IF THE REBELS HAVE THEM, WHY HAVE THEY NOT USED THEM. DESPITE THIS, INTELLIGENCE DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY THE VOICE OF AMERICA INDICATE UNITA IS INCREASING ITS ARSENAL OF FROG-SEVENS. ACCORDING TO THESE DOCUMENTS, NOW CIRCULATING AMONG REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS, 12 MORE FROG-SEVENS, MANUFACTURED BY NORTH KOREA, ARRIVED RECENTLY IN THE TANZANIAN PORT OF DAR ES SALAAM AND WERE AWAITING SHIPMENT TO THE REBELS IN ANGOLA. AFRICAN SECURITY SOURCES SAY DAR ES SALAAM IS A MAIN PORT FOR UNITA'S LARGE SHIPMENTS OF WEAPONS AND OTHER SUPPLIES. THE SOURCES SAY THIS EQUIPMENT IS THEN TRANSPORTED BY BOTH AIR AND ROAD. IT IS OFTEN ADDRESSED TO PRIVATE BUSINESSES IN MALAWI AND ZAMBIA. SINCE NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR, AT LEAST THREE CARGO SHIPS FROM NORTH KOREA AND THE UKRAINE ARE UNDERSTOOD TO HAVE DOCKED IN DAR ES SALAAM AND UNLOADED MILITARY EQUIPMENT DESTINED FOR UNITA. IN ADDITION TO THE FROG-SEVEN ROCKETS, INTELLIGENCE DOCUMENTS SAY THE LATEST SUPPLIES SHIPPED TO THE REBELS HAVE INCLUDED ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADES, MORTAR BOMBS, AND ROCKETS FOR MULTIPLE ROCKET LAUNCHERS. (SIGNED) NEB/BEL/JWH/RAE 19-Apr-99 7:30 AM EDT (1130 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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