Angola Security Council suspends travel sanctions against UNITA members

Reacting to recent “historic” events in Angola that brought to a halt nearly three decades of civil war, the United Nations Security Council today suspended travel restrictions it had imposed in 1997 against officials of a rebel group involved in the conflict.The measures against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) were suspended for 90 days under resolution 1412 adopted unanimously today by the Council.The Council also decided that prior to the end of this period, it will decide whether to extend the suspension, “taking into account all available information, including from the Government of Angola, on the continuing progress of national reconciliation” in the country.The travel sanctions were initially imposed by Council resolution 1127 because of UNITA’s failure to comply with its obligations under the 1994 Lusaka Protocol.

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