February 26, 2002
On the Situation in Angola
According to incoming reports, on February 22 in Moxico province in the east of Angola in the course of a military operation against units of the UNITA armed opposition group its leader Jonas Savimbi was killed.
The government of Angola has issued a statement calling on all those fighting on the side of UNITA to lay down their arms and return to peaceful life, and confirmed its commitment to the Lusaka Protocol defining the basic principles for unblocking the many-year conflict in the country.
Russia supports this appeal and as a member of the UN Security Council and of the troika of Angolan settlement observer states will continue its course towards aiding in achieving peace in Angola as soon as possible.
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