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Yearbook 1998

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. According to Countryaah, the government and the guerrillas accused each other of being behind the act.

1998 Angola

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 year.

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