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Volume 570: debated on Thursday 7 March 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is their assessment of the economic, social, security and general political situation in Angola and how they intend to respond.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(Baroness Chalker of Wallasey)

The economic and social situation is very poor. As I explained during my visit to Angola on 19th-21st February, our ability to help will depend on the government's own efforts to improve economic management. I also urged both sides to speed up implementation of the Lusaka Protocol: I welcome the positive steps agreed by President Dos Santos and Dr. Savimbi at their subsequent meeting on 1st March.