Elements of the Press Statement on the Situation in Angola

 

      1. Council members heard a comprehensive briefing by Under Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari on

      Friday, 12 January 2001 and heard a continuation of the briefing today on the latest developments in

      Angola. The Council noted with appreciation the efforts of USG Gambari on behalf of the

      Secretary-General, to promote the peace process in Angola.

 

      2. The Council also noted with appreciation the efforts of the new Head of the United Nations Office

      in Angola (UNOA), Mr Mussagy Jeichande, to assist the Angolan people in rebuilding their society,

      especially in the area of capacity building in human rights.

 

      3. Council members however, noted with concern, the grave humanitarian situation in Angola

      although they recognised that there has recently been some improvement due to the combined

      efforts of the Government of Angola and the international community.

 

      4. Council members also expressed their full support for the efforts of the Government of Angola to

      bring about durable peace in Angola.

 

      5. The Council noted that the Government of Angola had postponed the holding of general elections

      to the second half of 2002. Council members also expressed their support to the Government of

      Angola for its efforts to ensure that the conditions are conducive for the holding of fair and credible

      elections as soon as possible and, in this regard, encouraged the international community to assist

      those efforts.

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