Briefing on Angola and the DRC
We had quite an extensive briefing on Angola from Under-Secretary-General
Gambari, who is following a political initiative for the Secretary-General on
Angola, and Under-Secretary-General Oshima, who reported to us on the
There is very strong support within the Security Council for the work which
Prof Gambari is doing for the Secretary-General on Angola in taking forward
the process of international support for reconciliation and internal dialogue in
Angola, under the terms of the Lusaka Protocols and with the support of the
government of Angola obviously. The UN office in Angola has been extended
through agreement by the Council last week for a further six months, and is
moving into this process and also into support for the humanitarian efforts of
the international community in Angola. Members of the Council were
distressed still at the dire humanitarian situation in Angola. There are people
who are putting politics before the needs of the Angolan people in this
process. And this is causing huge disruption, upset and humanitarian misery.
We need access for the international organisations and humanitarian workers
in Angola, and we need delivery of aid beyond the points that those people
have already reached. Children are suffering in particular and there is
substantial under-funding as Mr Oshima pointed out for humanitarian aid in
Angola. The international community must respond more urgently to the
appeal for funds from the UN and others. Meanwhile members of the Council
feel that the government of Angola is working in the right direction in
establishing a reconciliation and amnesty process, in moving towards
elections in late 2002, and in otherwise pursuing the Lusaka process.
Members of the Council feel that UNITA is not responding, in particular Mr
Savimbi is not responding to this process. It is becoming a more open
process. There is room for all members at the top of UNITA to respond to this
and the Council wants to see that happen. Mr Gambari will return to the
Council after his visit in May and we shall discuss this issue further.
We also had a briefing from Under-Secretary-General, Oshima on the
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which he visited in the second week
of April. Again, a horrific humanitarian situation, and again a significant
under-funding. So far only 13% funding of the 72 million dollar UN appeal for
the DRC. Please would member states capitals look at that under-funding.
Donors must come forward for both the DRC and Angola. There is a lot of
work still to be done.