The first meeting between important officials of the three main liberation groups in the Portuguese territory of Angola took place last weekend (23 November) at Bula Atembo in the north of the country.
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Background: The first meeting between important officials of the three main liberation groups in the Portuguese territory of Angola took place last weekend (23 November) at Bula Atembo in the north of the country.
The meeting was the first attempt by the three factions -- the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, the National Front for the Liberation of Angola, and Unita -- to find ground for co-operation now that Portugal has agreed to hand over power in the country.
Until now, intense rivalry between the three has led to tribal animosities and open clashes. Furthermore, each of the three movements is bedevilled by its own internal power struggle.
In the meantime, Angola itself waits for the liberation movement leaders to form some sort of coalition so as to form a government capable of taking over the country from the Portuguese administration.
The weekend meeting was held under the auspices of a new group, calling itself Marungo, whose purpose is to unite the other three groups.
No sudden changes of policy have apparently resulted from the meeting, but the fact that it has been held at all does hold some hope that they can eventually settle their differences.
But they were agreed on one move -a call to UNITA agricultural workers who had gone to the UNITA stronghold in the South, to return to their homes in Northern Angola and get on with their normal work of crop cultivation.