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DATE=8/16/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=ANGOLA / SAF (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-252828 BYLINE=ALEX BELIDA DATELINE=JOHANNESBURG CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: South African officials have denied Angolan charges that a large stockpile of weapons destined for the UNITA rebel movement is currently located on the outskirts of Pretoria. Correspondent Alex Belida reports from our Southern Africa Bureau. TEXT: The official "News of Angola" (Noticias de Angola) claims the weapons destined for Jonas Savimbi's UNITA rebels include T-62 tanks, B-M-21 Armored Personnel Carriers, and ground-to-ground missiles. It claims the weapons were acquired by UNITA in the Ukraine and arrived in South Africa via Mozambique. But a spokesman for South Africa's Foreign Affairs Department calls the Angolan claim "utter rubbish" and says there is no substance whatsoever to the allegation. The spokesman tells V-O-A that South Africa -- in a bid to help promote peace in Angola -- fully supports U-N sanctions aimed at preventing UNITA from acquiring military supplies. Angolan authorities have frequently accused other countries in the region of providing clandestine support to the rebels. In an interview on Angolan state television last week, Angolan Foreign Minister Joao Miranda said his country has no ill-feelings towards South Africa, and said relations between the two are not clouded. But Mr. Miranda again charged South-African territory is being used to channel supplies to UNITA. He also repeated Angolan government charges that Zambia remains involved in providing assistance to the rebel movement. He urged Zambians, in government and in the private sector, to discontinue all contacts with UNITA leader Savimbi and to stop assisting the rebels. U-N authorities hope to strengthen sanctions against UNITA in an effort to bring Angola's long-running civil war to an end. In addition to halting the flow of military supplies to the rebels, U-N officials also hope to halt UNITA's exports of diamonds, used by the rebels to finance their arms purchases. (SIGNED) NEB/BEL/JWH/RAE 16-Aug-1999 08:29 AM LOC (16-Aug-1999 1229 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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