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DATE=11/10/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=ANGOLA / UNITA (L-O) NUMBER=2-256010 BYLINE=ALEX BELIDA DATELINE=JOHANNESBURG CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Authorities in Ireland appear to have suspended one of the last means of communication used by Angola's UNITA rebel movement. Correspondent Alex Belida reports from our Southern Africa Bureau. TEXT: Since the loss of its strongholds in Angola's Central Highlands, UNITA leaders have made only sporadic contact with the outside world. Their last message -- claiming all was well despite recent military setbacks -- appeared on the rebel movement's Internet web-site, Kwacha-dot-com, on October 28th. But since that message appeared, no further communiques have been posted on the web-site known to be based in Ireland. The end of the messages is apparently the result of a stern warning delivered by Irish authorities to Leon Dias, the Dublin-based administrator of the site. He issued the last rebel statement on behalf of what was termed "the UNITA Office, Irish Republic." Although Mr. Dias is not identified, a new statement to the Voice of America from Ireland's Foreign Ministry says authorities made contact with "the individual" who disseminated the October 28th message. They informed him Ireland would not condone or accept the presence of a formal office of the rebel movement. They also stressed Ireland's commitment to the full implementation of U-N sanctions against UNITA. Existing U-N sanctions against the rebel movement include the required closure of all UNITA offices. U-N officials have told V-O-A that while there are no specific sanctions in place that would require the closure of UNITA's Internet site, they believe its continued existence violates the spirit of current measures against the rebels. They have described the web-site as a cause for concern. Irish authorities sidestepped a question about whether officials of the U-N Angola sanctions committee had formally asked that the UNITA web-site be closed. The Irish Foreign Ministry statement says only that Ireland's -- full commitment to the implementation of all U-N sanctions is known to the chairman of the Angola Sanctions Committee. There has been increased attention on the enforcement of sanctions against UNITA since fighting in Angola's civil war erupted again late last year. Angolan government authorities blame the rebels for the resumption of the fighting. They accuse UNITA of failing to live up to its commitments under a 1994 peace agreement that called for the complete demilitarization of the rebel movement. (SIGNED) NEB/BEL/JWH/LTD/RAE 10-Nov-1999 10:43 AM EDT (10-Nov-1999 1543 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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