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Angola: more prisoners freed

31-01-1996 News Release 96/4

ICRC delegates supervised the release by UNITA on 22 and 23 January of 24 people in the town of Quibala, in Kuanza Sul province. This brings to 390 the number of prisoners set free since the Angolan government and UNITA signed the Lusaka Protocol on 20 November 1994.

It was the thirteenth such operation carried out by the ICRC under the mandate entrusted to it by the parties to the Angolan conflict. In recent months, delegates have also gone to Bentiaba, Huambo, Kuito, Menongue, Lubango, Luena and Uige to supervise the release of persons detained in connection with the conflict.

The ICRC is confident that the parties involved will continue these releases, as part of the ongoing peace process, until all those still held have returned to normal life.