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Rebel Group Confirms Death of No. 2 Leader

April 04, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Angola's UNITA rebel group confirmed that its No. 2 leader, Gen. Antonio Dembo, was dead of diabetes, ending weeks of speculation about his whereabouts.

"Vice President Dembo died on March 3. He was ill, suffering from acute diabetes," Marcial Dachala, a spokesman for the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, said by telephone from the Angolan capital, Luanda.

Angola's government and the UNITA rebels were to sign a formal cease-fire in Luanda today.

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