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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK
Zambian leader warns Angola

Many Angolan refugees are living in Zambia
President Frederick Chiluba of Zambia has warned Angola that it has the capacity to fight back against attacks on Zambian villagers along the two countries' common border.



We cannot stand by as our people are robbed of their livestock

President Chiluba
"We want to live in peace with all our neighbours," he said.

"We do not want war with others but those who provoke us must be warned and counselled that Zambia has the capacity and ability to deal with aggression," Mr Chiluba warned.

The Zambian president gave his warning as fighting between Angolan forces and Unita rebels spilled over into Zambian territory.


Jonas Savimbi
Angola has accused Zambia of supporting Mr Savimbi
Last month, a Zambian soldier was killed after Angolan Government troops reportedly launched an attack across their common border, against Unita rebels.

Tens of thousands of Angolan refugees have fled across to Zambia since the conflict intensified last year.

Arms across border

Zambia also believes that the number of incidents of crime has risen because of the proliferation of arms coming across the border from Angola.


President Chiluba
Mr Chiluba: 'We want to live in peace with our neighbours'
"We cannot stand by as our people are robbed of their livestock, women raped and a general atmosphere of instability and uncertainty is created for the people, especially on our border areas," President Chiluba said.

The Angolan Government has in the past accused senior elements within the Zambian Government of supporting the Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi and his Unita movement.

Zambia rejects these charges.

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26 Apr 00 | Africa
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