South Africa promises help for Angola's peace process
January 8, 1997
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CNN) -- President Nelson Mandela
told UNITA former rebel leader Jonas Savimbi that South
Africa would help to resolve problems hindering peace in
Angola, officials from South Africa's Foreign Affairs
Department said on Wednesday.
A statement issued after talks between groups led by the two
did not give details on what South Africa's role would be,
but a source said the Mandela government would not play a
role as mediator.
Savimbi led a UNITA team to Umtata in South Africa's Transkei
region for two days of talks with Mandela, who was on
vacation in the area, and several other cabinet ministers.
Savimbi and Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos are
trying to put a new government together under a 1994 peace
plan that ended two decades of civil war. Progress has been
Reuters contributed to this report.
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