HL Deb 15 December 1999 vol 608 cc37-8WA
Lord Judd

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the latest assessment o f the political and security situation in Angola; and what response they are advocating and supporting within the United Nations, the European Union and other appropriate fora. [HL225]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal)

Although Angolan government forces appear to be in the ascendency, Savimbi undoubtedly retains the capacity to wage a prolonged guerilla war. We do not believe military action will bring about a satisfactory resolution to the conflict. Only a political solution will bring a lasting peace. But Savimbi's word cannot be trusted. We urge UNITA to replace Savimbi as leader. With a different leadership UNITA can be part of a negotiated settlement and be as much part of the solution as it has been part of the problem.

We strongly support UN sanctions against UNITA and the work of the UN Angola Sanctions Committee. We are encouraging UN member states to ensure tighter implementation of all sanctions. We are also keen to make humanitarian assistance available to all Angolans.

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