THE NATIONAL UNION FOR THE TOTAL INDEPENDENCE OF ANGOLA
1999- YEAR OF GENERALISED POPULAR RESISTANCE
A message from the leadership of UNITA and its President, Dr. Jonas Malheiro Savimbi, to friends and supporters.
We wish to re-assure them that we have the strength, firmness and determination to withstand the MPLA’s onslaught. Our leader is well and in good health. He sends his greetings and good wishes to you all.
The massive re-armament of the MPLA by the Russians with the collaboration of Portugal and Brazil; the supply of mercenaries from Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Portugal and Brazil and the exchange of military information with specialised agencies of some NATO countries, were the determining factors for the change in our strategy. Our strategy has the immediate objective of preserving our forces. We shall not be drawn into a war situation which would only serve to please the oil interests of some NATO countries.
This has resulted in the massacre of thousands of the civilian population and the destruction of the infra-structures and agricultural fields. Some villages in the central highlands are disappearing from the map, the survivors are seeking refuge in safe areas. We are witnessing a pre-meditated human disaster and genocide perpetuated by Eduardo dos Santos and his allies.
From: The UNITA Office , Irish Republic.
Date: 28 October 1999.
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