Travel sanctions against UNITA members suspended by Security Council

Travel sanctions against UNITA members suspended by Security Council

Welcoming the efforts of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) to become an active participant in the country's democratic political process, the Security Council today extended its suspension of travel restrictions it had imposed in 1997 against officials of that rebel group.

Welcoming the efforts of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) to become an active participant in the country's democratic political process, the Security Council today extended its suspension of travel restrictions it had imposed in 1997 against officials of that rebel group.

The measures against UNITA were suspended for another 90 days under a resolution adopted unanimously today by the Council. The Council also decided that prior to the end of this period, it will decide whether to extend the suspension, "taking into account all available information, including from the Government of Angola, on the implementation of the peace accords" in the country.

The travel sanctions were initially imposed by Council resolution 1127 because of UNITA's failure to comply with its obligations under the 1994 Lusaka Protocol.