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New Briefs: No Repeat of Angola

New Briefs: No Repeat of Angola

UNATIED NATION (AP) - U.N peacekeepers face challenges in Cambodia that are similar

to those faced last year in Angola, but this time the outcome will be different,

a top U.N official said May 1.

In both cases, the United Nations organized elections while a major guerrilla group

was still armed, said Kofi Annan, the under-secretary general in charge of peacekeeping.

"The Angola example is always worrying. There are similarities," he told

reporters.

But Annan added that the United Nations had made mistakes in Angola that it would

not repeat in Cambodia.

U.N sponsored elections were held last September in Angola. The loser of those elections,

Jonas Savimbi and his Unita rebels, rejected the results, plunging the central African

nation into fighting that has killed tens of thousands.

Annan said the United Nations should have had a larger presence in Angola, been brought

into the peace process sooner and insisted that the rebels disarm.

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