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     20.05.2002

     Unofficial translation from Russian

PRESS RELEASE
UN Security Council Suspends Ban on UNITA Members' Foreign Travel

    On May 17 the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1412, suspending for 90 days its 1997 ban on foreign travel by UNITA members. That step of the UN Security Council became possible as a result of signature on April 4, 2002 by the Angolan government and UNITA of a Memorandum of Understanding as an addendum to the Lusaka Protocol on ceasefire.

    Welcoming the signature of the document and recognizing the need for foreign travel by UNITA members in the interests of the peace process in Angola, the Security Council stressed the importance of the full-scale implementation of the peace accords and respective UNSC resolutions on Angolan settlement. The suspension of the restrictions on UNITA members' travel outside Angola is temporary. Upon the expiry of the three-month period the Security Council will decide, depending on progress in the dynamics of the peace process and UNITA's compliance with the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding, whether the suspension of the sanction should be extended.

    Moscow hopes that the step taken by the UN Security Council will help further advance the peace process in Angola.

May 18, 2002



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