October 18, 2001
Time Extension for U.N. Office in Angola
Due to concern over continued conflict in Angola, the United Nations Security Council agreed Wednesday to extend the mandate for the U.N. office in Angola for another six months. According to the U.N. news service, council members called on UNITA rebels to end military action and enter into talks with the government of Angola.
The Security Council also said it intends to schedule an open meeting on Angola in November. In addition, Ibrahim Gambari, U.N. undersecretary-general and special advisor on Africa, announced he would visit Angola in November for talks with the government, political parties and civil society representatives to determine how the U.N. can help negotiate peace in the country.
In related news, the Financial Times reports the U.N. is considering abandoning its "name-and-shame campaign," in which it publicly identified nations involved in the conflict diamond trade. Instead of issuing further reports on individuals and institutions violating sanctions imposed on Angola, Sierra Leone and Liberia, U.N. experts will find concrete ways to use the evidence to tighten those sanctions, FT reports. Thus far, the U.N. has not commented on this action.
- by Julia M. Duncan