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19 Jan 1999 description

The United Nations is poised to withdraw its contingent of peace monitors from war torn Angola.

Africa correspondent Ben Wilson reports Secretary General Kofi Annan is recommending the one-thousand observors pull out by the end of March.

In a downbeat report to the UN Security Council, Mr Annan says recent fighting demonstrates the total collapse of the fragile Angolan peace process, and the country is now in a state of war.

15 Jan 1999 description

UNITA rebels in Angola say they've found the wreckage of a second U-N aircraft that crashed near the town of Huambo, and there are no survivors among the nine people on board.

Africa correspondent Ben Wilson reports.

A UNITA spokesman says the wreckage of the Hercules transport plane has been located but it's been completely destroyed with not one of the passengers and crew surviving the crash. The rebel organisation says it's now willing to help the United Nations send an investigation team to the site to help determine what brought the aircraft down.

05 Jan 1999 description

Angola's UNITA rebel movement has accused the government of shooting down two United Nations transport planes in the country's central highlands and said there were no survivors from either crash.

A rebel spokesman said it was a government attempt to damage the movement's reputation.

The claim comes as Australia's High Commissioner to Zimbabwe travels to the Angolan capital Luanda to press the Government to co-operate with U-N attempts to find survivors from the crashes.

Africa correspondent BEN WILSON reports.

Denise Fisher's arrival in Luanda …

04 Jan 1999 description

Australia is maintaining its criticism of the Angolan Government over its response to the crash of two United Nations aircraft.

Acting Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, has echoed the concerns of Foreign Minister Alexander Downer at the delay in mounting a rescue for U-N staff who are known to have survived one of the plane crashes.

Fourteen people including an Australian man are still missing after the plane crash a week ago and eight are missing after another aircraft was shot down on Saturday.

Mr Fischer says the Angolan Government's response has been inadequate.

The world …

29 Dec 1998 description

The United Nations is trying to organise a ceasefire in Angola so it can search for a crashed plane with U.N.

08 Nov 1998 description

In Central Africa....the Angolan army is reported to be deploying on a massive scale in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

05 Aug 1998 description

Angola's President, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, has assured the United Nations that peace accords signed with the UNITA movement remain valid despite an upsurge in fighting in the country.

The assurance was given to visiting UN envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, who is in the country to assess the foundering peace process.

The peace plan, signed in November 1994, was meant to bring an end to nearly two decades of civil war.

UNITA, accused of launching a military offensive in March, has reportedly reseized 90 towns and cities.