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DATE=10/20/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=ANGOLA / UNITA (L) NUMBER=2-255277 BYLINE=ALEX BELIDA DATELINE=JOHANNESBURG CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The government of Angola says its troops have captured the main strongholds of the UNITA rebel movement. V-O-A Southern Africa Correspondent Alex Belida has been monitoring developments in Angola's civil war and has this report. TEXT: The fall of UNITA's twin strongholds of Andulo and Bailundo in the country's war-ravaged Central Highlands region was announced in an official government communique. The brief document said several other towns previously occupied by UNITA had also been captured by government troops, backed by police and civil defense forces. It gave no other details. A reporter for one of Angola's few independent news organizations confirmed the fall of Bailundo in a radio broadcast from the former rebel stronghold. Efforts to contact UNITA officials via satellite telephone were unsuccessful. /// REST OPTIONAL /// In recent statements, the rebels claimed they were successfully resisting attacks on their Central Highlands bases. They also claimed the government military offensive, under way since last month, was on the verge of collapse. Angola has been battered by civil war for more than two decades. A 1994 peace agreement backed by the United Nations halted the fighting. But the agreement collapsed and fighting resumed late last year following charges that UNITA had failed to live up to its demilitarization commitments under the peace accord. (Signed) NEB/BEL/JP 20-Oct-1999 10:10 AM EDT (20-Oct-1999 1410 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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