COUNCIL EXTENDS SUSPENSION OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON UNITA OFFICIALS FOR 90 DAYS

15 August 2002
SC/7484

COUNCIL EXTENDS SUSPENSION OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON UNITA OFFICIALS FOR 90 DAYS

15/08/2002
Press ReleaseSC/7484

Security Council

4603rd Meeting (PM)

COUNCIL EXTENDS SUSPENSION OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON UNITA OFFICIALS FOR 90 DAYS

Resolution Aims To Encourage Peace and Reconciliation in Angola

Aiming to encourage peace and national reconciliation in Angola, the Security Council decided this afternoon to extend for a further 90 days its 17 May suspension of travel restrictions on senior officials of the Uniao Nacional para a Independencia Total de Angole (UNITA).

Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council unanimously adopted resolution 1432 (2002), tabled by the Troika -– Portugal, Russian Federation, United States.  The Council also decided that prior to the end of the 90-day period, it might consider reviewing its decision, taking into account all available information, including from the Angolan Government, on the "implementation of the Peace Accords".

The travel restrictions are contained in paragraphs 4 (a) and 4 (b) of resolution 1127 (1997).  Under the former, the Council decided that all States would prevent the entry into or transit through their territories of all senior UNITA officials and adult members of their immediate families, except those officials necessary for the full functioning of Angola's Government of National Unity and National Reconciliation and the National Assembly.

Under paragraph 4 (b) of that resolution, the Council decided that all States would suspend or cancel all travel documents, visas or residence permits issued to senior UNITA officials and adult members of their immediate families.

The meeting began at 12:11 p.m. and adjourned at 12:12 p.m.

Resolution

Following is the full text of Council resolution 1432 (2002).

The Security Council,

Reaffirming all its previous resolutions, in particular resolution 1127 (1997) of 28 August 1997 and resolution 1412 (2002) of 17 May 2002, and statements by its President on the situation in Angola, in particular the statement of its President of 28 March 2002 (S/PRST/2002/7),

Welcoming the historic step taken by the Government of Angola and Uniao Nacional para a Independencia Total de Angola (UNITA), on 4 April 2002, in signing the Memorandum of Understanding Addendum to the Lusaka Protocol for the Cessation

of Hostilities and the Resolution of the Outstanding Military Issues under the Lusaka Protocol (S/1994/1441, annex),

Welcoming further the efforts taken by the Government of Angola to restore peaceful and secure conditions in the country, to re-establish effective administration and to promote national reconciliation,

Welcoming also the ongoing efforts of UNITA to become an active participant in the democratic political process of Angola, in particular the demobilization and quartering of UNITA soldiers as well as the disbanding of UNITA's military wing on 2 August 2002,

Reaffirming its commitment to preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Angola,

Emphasizing the importance of the full implementation of the ‘Acordos de Paz’, the Lusaka Protocol, the Memorandum of Understanding Addendum of 4 April 2002, and the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, in close cooperation with the United Nations and the Troika of Observers,

Recalling its decision in resolution 1412 (2002) to suspend for a period of 90 days the measures imposed by paragraphs 4 (a) and (b) of resolution 1127 (1997) in order to facilitate the travel by UNITA members for the peace process and national reconciliation to advance,

Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,

“1.   Decides to suspend the measures imposed by paragraphs 4 (a) and (b) of resolution 1127 (1997) for an additional period of 90 days from the date of adoption of this resolution, with a view to encouraging further the peace process and national reconciliation in Angola;

“2.   Decides that prior to the end of this period, the Security Council may consider reviewing the measures referred to in paragraph 1 above, taking into account all available information, including from the Government of Angola, on the implementation of the Peace Accords;

“3.   Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.”

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