Magazine article UN Chronicle

No Additional Sanctions Imposed in View of Continuing Talks

Magazine article UN Chronicle

No Additional Sanctions Imposed in View of Continuing Talks

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The Security Council on 29 September extended the mandate of the UN Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM II) until 31 October 1994 and declared that, in view of the current negotiations and the formal acceptance by the National Union for the Total independence of Angola (UNITA) of the proposals on national reconciliation put forward in the Lusaka peace talks, it would not at this time impose additional measures against UNITA.

In adopting unanimously resolution 945 (1994), the Council also deplored the intensification of military actions throughout Angola and reiterated its demand that both parties cease all military operations forthwith.

The Council affirmed its readiness to consider authorizing promptly, once an agreement had been initialled by the parties, a rapid increase in UNAVEM II's strength to its previous authorized level of 350 military and 126 police observers. The current level is 50 military and 18 police observers, with 11 military paramedics and 49 international civilian staff. The Council also condemned any action which threatened the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance and put the lives of relief workers at risk.

The Secretary-General on 17 September had informed the Council (S/1994/1069) that the Angolan Government and UNITA might soon reach agreement on their remaining differences by the time UNAVEM II's current mandate expired. A two-month mandate extension, he said, would enable the talks to conclude and allow time for follow-up meetings between the military representatives of the two sides, for the signing of the Lusaka Protocol and preparations for UNAVEM's expansion.

On 9 September, the Council reported that UNITA formally accepted the complete set of proposals on national reconciliation put forward in the Lusaka peace talks by the Secretary-General's Special Representative, Alioune Blondin Beye, and the three observer States-Portugal, the Russian Federation and the United States. …

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