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Angola: Parliament's Commission for Peace and National Reconciliation extinguished

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Luanda, 02/06 - The Parliament's Commission for Peace and National Reconciliation set up in April 2001 to contribute for fair and lasting peace in the country, was extinguished on Wednesday.
The resolution approved with 82 favorable votes, 43 against and 10 abstentions refers that the setting up of that commission was "itself a testimony of the engagement of the national assembly (parliament) in contributing for the restoration of peace and national reconciliation in Angola" and of "the rooting of democratic practices" in the country.

It also says that the auscultation process was exhaustive, covering a great range of sensibilities of the civil society, countrywide, and allowing their interlocutors to put forward the different aspects related to the country's life, military security, social disruption and hope for peace, issues that most concern the Angolan citizens.

The now extinct commission recommended the parliament's plenary the need to proceed with the strict monitoring of the implementation of the Lwena Memorandum, under the Government program, through parliament's specialized commissions.

Meanwhile, during the discussion of the report by the Commission for Peace and National Reconciliation, various opposition MPs defended the continuation of the mentioned mandate, evoking non solved issues of peace and national reconciliation, as well as the situation prevailing in Cabinda.

The MPLA MPs turned down such allegations, having the bench leader, Bornito de Sousa, said that the national reconciliation is a process the incumbent government organs have been paying due attention.

The Commission was integrated by 24 MPs, being 13 from MPLA, seven from UNITA, one from PRS, one from FNLA, one from PLD and one legislator representing the political parties with one seat in parliament. (Source: ANGOP)