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Wednesday, 11 March, 1998, 18:13 GMT
Angola pronounces UNITA a legal party

The Angolan government has formally recognised the former rebel movement, Unita, as a legal political party.

This follows Unita's statement last week that it has demilitarised all its troops.

Under Angolan law, it is illegal for a political party to have its own forces.

A BBC correspondent in Luanda says the government doesn't really believe that all UNITA fighters have been disarmed.

But she says government officials appear keen to hasten completion of the four-year-old peace process, which would lead to the departure of the United Nations mission which oversees it.

All outstanding tasks are due to be completed by the end of March.

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