Zambia, Angola and Zaire have agreed to stop each others' political opponents from using their territory for operational bases.
Zambia, Angola and Zaire have agreed to stop each others' political opponents from using their territory for operational bases. In wide-ranging agreements signed in Zambia, leaders of the three countries also agreed to strengthened their economic and transport links. It was the first meeting between the leaders since Jose Eduardo dos Santos succeeded the late Agostinho Neto as Angola's President last month. The three leaders met in Zambia last week (14 October) and the agreements were formally signed in subsequent ceremonies.
SYNOPSIS: The agreement between Angola and Zambia was signed in Lusaka on Friday (19 October). Heading the two teams of delegates was the Angolan Minister for Co-operation, Adolfo Nsikalango (on the left) and the Zambian Minister of State for Finance, Ben Kakoma (on the right). The agreement with Zaire was signed at separate ceremony.
Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda, was not at the signing. But earlier he said it was vital for the three states to build a strong economic unit. This, he said, could be done if there was peace in the region.
Relations between Zambia, Angola and Zaire have improved considerably over the past year or so. The three countries have widely differing political systems -- but they all face severe economic problems. Angola and Zambia are members of the five so-called "front-line states" which support nationalist movements fighting guerrilla wars in Zimbabwe Rhodesia and Namibia or South West Africa.
Then, Mr. Nsikalango formally welcomed the new agreement on behalf of the Angolans.