STATEMENT BY ALEXANDER YAKOVENKO, THE OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN OF RUSSIA'S MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
On the Peaceful Settlement in Angola
An important event took place on November 21 in Luanda, capital of the Republic of Angola. The representatives of the leadership of Angola and of UNITA officially declared that the implementation of the Lusaka Protocol, concluded in November 1994 with a view to achieving peace in the country, had been completed, thus sealing the end of the Angolan armed conflict, one of the most protracted and destructive in the African continent, which had claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions of Angolans.
The implementation of the provisions of the Protocol had not been easy. But in the end common sense and the goodwill of the parties, reflecting the striving of the Angolan people for peace, prevailed. An important contribution to ensuring the peaceful settlement was made by the international community, primarily the United Nations, its Security Council and the Troika of observer countries (Russia, Portugal, United States).
A new stage of Angola's development is beginning now. Coming to the fore are the challenges of solving the acute social and economic problems of the country, for which the creative work of all the Angolans is required. We are convinced that the constructive relationship which has developed between the Government of Angola and UNITA in the course of the joint work on the implementation of the Lusaka Agreements, will serve as a solid basis for advancement in this direction.
Moscow especially notes the great importance of the successful completion of the peace process in Angola for the attainment of greater stability in Southern Africa and on the African continent as a whole.
Russia, including as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and a participant of the Troika of Angolan settlement observer countries, intends to continue to help the consolidation of peace and democracy in the country.
We are also ready for the stimulation of the multifarious reciprocally beneficial cooperation with Angola in the new conditions both in a bilateral format and on a multilateral basis, including with consideration of its election to the UN Security Council and its presidency in the South African Development Community.