oa Africa Insight - From New York to Lusaka and beyond: tortuous road to peace

Volume 32, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



There have been various attempts to end Angola's long-running civil war, Each of these attempts has been met with failure. With the death of National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (UNITA) leader Dr Jonas Savimbi in February 2002, many have felt that Africa's long-running civil war has finally come to an end. Such optimism, it will be argued, is misplaced. Much needs to be done if violence is not to be revisited upon Angola's long-suffering people. The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad overview of the Angolan conflict, as well as to provide some input as to why the various agreements have failed to end the conflict. Understanding past failures is imperative if current efforts to secure peace in this war-ravaged country are not to flounder.

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