Angola

Angolan peace delegation update

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Further to news released last week:
A delegation of key Angolan civil society leaders will be in London on the 13th and 14th December looking for UK government and NGO (non-governmental organisation) support to help find a permanent solution to the 25-year conflict in Angola.

A sister Angolan delegation to the US and Canada met with high-ranking government and UN officials last week and have secured support for their key proposals.

These proposals include the formation of a commission of civil society representatives to accompany future peace talks in Angola. At these meetings members of the delegation were forceful in their condemnation of the status quo with regard to international community involvement in Angola.

There has been extensive coverage of the US and Canada delegation in broadcast and print media in North America.

More news on Angola:

Global Witness this week released a report on oil company involvement in Angola and the responsibilities of these companies. Richard Holbrooke, US representative to the UN, prioritised Angola in a strong statement made on Sunday December 5, following UK Minister Peter Hain's statement on Angola on November 20.

The delegation will be meeting high-level officials at the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development on Monday December 13 and renewing calls for HMG to increase its focus on the search for an end to the war.

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