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     22.10.2002

On UN Security Council's Consideration of the Question of Prolonging the UN Monitoring Mechanism on Sanctions against UNITA

     2150-21-10-2002

      The United Nations Security Council on October 18 unanimously adopted Resolution 1439 extending for two months the mandate of the UN Monitoring Mechanism on Sanctions against UNITA.

     Taking into account the Memorandum of Understanding signed in April 2002 between the Government of Angola and UNITA, and the marked advance of the peace process in the country, the Security Council deemed it possible to lift from November 14, 2002, the earlier imposed ban on foreign trips of UNITA men and members of their families.

     The Security Council voted to hold on November 19 a review of all the sanction measures introduced by its resolutions against UNITA. It is important that in the course of that review the Council will take into consideration all the available information, including that to be submitted to it by the Government of Angola and other parties involved. The SC will also duly reckon with the dynamics in the Angolan settlement.

     Russia as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and one of the Troika of international observers of the Angolan settlement has been consistently pursuing the line towards achieving a lasting peace in the country on the basis of the full implementation of the Lusaka Protocol. Imposed by the UN Security Council, the sanctions regime against UNITA is seen by us as an important factor conductive to advancing the process of national reconciliation in Angola. Like the other members of the UNSC and the Troika, Russia continues to believe that the criterion for lifting the sanctions against UNITA must be adequate compliance with all the demands of the UN Security Council under its appropriate resolutions.


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