Angola. Tensions between UNITA (União Nacional para
Independência Total de Angola) and the government, dominated
by the MPLA (Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola),
increased significantly and by the end of the year a full
scale civil war in Angola was raging A UN plan with 14
people was fired in late December, down over the battle zone
near the city of Huambo in the central part of the country.
Countryaah, the government and the guerrillas accused each other of
being behind the act.
At the end of the summer, the government suspended
UNITA's four ministers and seven deputy ministers from the
government and its 70 members of parliament because the
movement did not comply with the terms of the 1991 peace
agreement. This has not happened - on the contrary, during
the last months of the year, UNITA recovered several land
areas that had previously been returned. This applies to
areas in the north where there are large deposits of
diamonds, with which UNITA finances its military operations.
In the summer, the UN imposed financial sanctions on
UNITA, and US President Bill Clinton blamed UNITA for the
entire crisis in Angola. However, UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi
probably did not strive for a full-scale war, although this
was the result of a government offensive at the end of the