July 25, 1997 |
Angola's 1994 peace accord, in which the United States played a major role as negotiator and guarantor, appears to be on the verge of collapse, according to U.S. and U.N. officials. "The peace is not dead but it's close," a U.S. official said. Mounting tensions have erupted into open clashes between factions loyal to the government of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and those loyal to the former UNITA rebels, the officials said.
October 15, 1996 |
Secretary of State Warren Christopher flew Monday to this war-ravaged capital to try to jump-start the process to end one of the world's deadliest conflicts. But the visit from the highest-ranking U.S. official since Angola became independent in 1975 was marred by the nonappearance of Jonas Savimbi, leader of the rebel movement known as the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, or UNITA.
May 20, 1993 |
In a step that removed one of the last vestiges of Washington's Cold War-era Africa policy, President Clinton extended diplomatic recognition to the elected, formerly Marxist government of Angola on Wednesday, ending American patronage of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi. "This decision reflects the high priority our Administration places on democracy," Clinton told reporters as he posed for pictures in the Oval Office at the start of a meeting with South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
May 19, 1993 |
President Clinton has been advised by the State Department and the National Security Council to recognize the Angolan government headed by Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who is under sharp military challenge by rebel forces formerly backed by the United States, Administration officials said Tuesday night.
November 7, 1992 |
Jonas Savimbi's UNITA opposition movement called Friday on the United States to intervene to end fighting in Angola, saying the latest carnage has caused 15,000 deaths. There was no independent confirmation of the figure. UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) appealed to its former patron as it prepared to meet government officials in U.N.-brokered talks after a week of heavy fighting that has threatened to revive the 16-year civil war. The top U.N.
June 1, 1991 |
Ending a 16-year civil war that took more than 300,000 lives and ravaged their country's economy, the leaders of Angola's two major factions signed a peace agreement Friday that commits them to lay down their arms and compete in multi-party elections.