Angola in talks with rebels

Gen Agostinho Nelumba, known as Sanjar, declined, however, to give details about the peace talks with the Front for the Liberation of Cabinda Enclave, formed in September 2004 . “There is no war in Cabinda. There are acts of banditry,” the general told Catholic radio Ecclesia in an interview. He said ambushes were taking place on the road linking Cabinda to the northern rural area of Buco-Zau, home to several rebel strongholds that were crushed during an army campaign in 2002. Angolan troops have since 1975 been fighting separatists in Cabinda, which produces about 60 percent of the country’s oil. The enclave of about 300000 people ‘ which stretches along the Atlantic coast and is divided by a strip of land from the Democratic Republic of Congo ‘ was annexed by Angola in 1975 with the end of Portuguese colonial rule. Cabindans are seeking a deal that will give them a greater share of the oil revenues from their region, where poverty and unemployment are rife. ‘

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