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FW: SOUTHERN AFRICA: IRIN News Briefs

ANGOLA: Defense minister confirms Angolan military role in DRC

General Kundi Paihama, the Angolan minister of national defence, returned
from Zimbabwe's capital Harare on Friday saying Angola would stand by the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government, the state news agency
reported. During a press conference held before his return to Luanda,
Paihama confirmed that Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia would continue to work
"hand in hand" to end the armed conflict in the DRC.

Troops from Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia support President Laurent-Desire
Kabila's government. Paihama said the allied should "continue to work
towards driving foreign forces out of the Congolese territory, as they are
the main cause for the current climate of instability."

Referring to the political-military situation in Angola, the minister said
that despite there being a few pockets of instability, the country is closer
to peace then ever before.



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