§ Mr. Cryer
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current situation in Angola, with particular reference to the number of villages being besieged by UNITA troops; and what representations he has made to the United Nations for action to bring to an end the civil war.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
Fighting in Angola continues, mainly in the north and north-east. The principal towns currently besieged by UNITA are Menongue, Luena, Kuito and Malange.
We were actively involved in drawing up United Nations Security Council resolution 903 of 16 March, which maintained the sanctions against UNITA which brought them to the negotiating table. We continue to support the efforts of the United Nations to persuade both sides to reach a settlement.