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05 Aug 1997 description
report Gemini News Service

The flight of President Mobutu is a serious blow to his ally in Angola, Jonas Savimbi, leader of the UNITA rebel movement. He still controls large swathes of the country, reports Gemini News Service, but the Luanda government appears to be preparing for a push into vital diamond-producing areas.


By JOHN HUGHES,
London

Following the loss of its last major backer, ex-President Mobutu Sese Seko, the Angolan rebel movement UNITA is finally facing up to the changes in southern Africa that threaten to engulf it.