Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Not Just One Side to Blame in Angola

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Not Just One Side to Blame in Angola

Article excerpt

The editorial "End Angola's Anguish," Sept. 30, is a prescription that will exacerbate the civil war that you want to heal.

UNITA President Jonas Savimbi did not reject the election results of Sept. 29-30, 1992. He and representatives of seven other political parties protested that the elections were "rife with fraud and irregularities." On Oct. 16, Dr. Savimbi accepted the results of the elections "to prevent war."

The present fighting in Angola began on Oct. 31, 1992, when MPLA troops launched coordinated attacks against UNITA. Catholic Church sources in the Angolan capital estimate 20,000 people were killed. Among them was UNITA Vice President Jeremias Chitunda.

On Sept. 20 UNITA implemented a unilateral cease-fire. Although many local MPLA commanders have reciprocated, the government has continued on the offensive. Similarly, when the United Nations Special Representative in Angola, Alioune Blondin Beye, convened a meeting in Sao Tome between the general staffs of the two sides and UNAVEM II personnel on Sept. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.