UN reiterates assistance toward peace consolidation

Luanda, 01/22 - The United Nations Tuesday reiterated its availability to pursue providing assistance to the Angolan Government on tasks leading to peace consolidation, enhancement of democracy and promotion of national reconciliation.
This was said in Luanda by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Angola, Ibrahim Gambari, during a meeting with Prime Minister, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos "Nandó", which addressed the future UN role in the country.

According to Gambari, the UN support will also intervene in the resolution of "critical issues", such as social reintegration of demobilized soldiers, demining, technical assistance for the next general elections and in the field of human rights.

The Nigerian diplomat serving the UN, considered the meeting with "Nando" as positive, particularly now that the Prime Minister has take up new functions.

The last meeting between the two occurred in late November of last year, when "Nando" was still Home Minister and Head of the Government team at the extinguished Joint Commission.

Ibrahim Gambari, who shall be back in New York early February, expressed conviction that, by then, the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, will already be in better condition to give recommendations to the UNSC on the next steps for edification of a new partnership with the Government and people of Angola.

The current mandate of the UN Mission in Angola (UNMA), as he said, expires on February 15 and will not be extended again, since the implementation of the Lusaka Protocol has been concluded.

Source: ANGOP