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The Bicesse Accords in Angola. Virginia Page Fortna. In ‘ the combatants in Angola’s longstanding civil war signed a peace agreement. But the country was. Angola: The Bicesse Accords. Extracted from: “Angola” IN Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa (), edited by Tom Lodge, Denis Kadima and David. 25 years ago, May 31, , the Angolan Government and UNITA rebel movement signed in Portugal the Bicesse Accords that put an end to a.

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Angola: Bicesse Accords Signed 22 Years Ago –

However, the departing international actors left a legacy of exacerbated distrust between the Angolan parties, ideological disharmony, a thoroughly destroyed infrastructure, bitter regional animosity and counterproductive interstate alliances.

Russia and the US, both anxious to clean up one of the last Accotds War blunders, mediated an agreement in order to extricate themselves from an unpleasant situation.

Initially, the government bought arms through illegal or covert channels too, but soon it did business and cooperated with governments, albeit in a discreet manner. The second section will address past attempts to resolve the conflict following the New York Accords. Weary and hungry, they pose no threat to their leaders: The failed implementation of both accords – the last and bicessse important phase of the negotiation process – is indicative of the shallowness of the peace agreements.

Although they certainly changed over time, they remained constant in reinforcing the sidelining of acccords needs for peace and democracy of those forces that one may call ‘unarmed’ — the Angolans who did not recognise themselves in the hegemonic intentions of the warring parties including a number of members of those parties. The ultimate aim of the government’s military strategy was to neutralise UNITA politically, since a militarily annihilated UNITA would be unable to negotiate, and inevitably therefore, incapable of weakening the control of ‘the party in power’ under accodrs pretext of a transition process.

Despite the lofty language and ambitious intentions of the agreement, neither side were committed to democratic governance or motivated by concerns for the human tragedy that continued to unfold in Angola. Of course, those who voted MPLA demanded that the ballot be recognised, and — as others also still wanted the vote to be respected, and the war to be avoided — the government easily managed to mobilise and galvanise its supporters with this UN backing.

It has taken three peace accords — and, accordw Februarythe killing of Jonas Savimbi — for the arms to be silenced for good in Angola. Conventional wisdom maintains bicsse for a conflict to be susceptible to effective mediation efforts and de-escalation, several elements must be present: But an armed power struggle had already broken out — for the ‘ratification’ or the ‘rectification’ of elections that had been viewed by the two contestants simply bbicesse the final battle for ultimate accorfs.


The results were disputed and the country relapsed into war again, which left the then representative of the UN secretary-general, Margaret Anstee shocked. However, by the time independence arrived on November 11,rivalries between the three main nationalist groups had grown into an intra-state war. And although the Biceses was attributed a larger role, the Troika was still at the heart of the operation.

Gicesse result was not only harmful to the UN. Although the talks did not produce any immediate results, the meetings did open the door for a series of peace talks between UNITA and the Angolan government. Published on 23 Oct Theoretically, successful negotiations build trust and further momentum through agreement on less contentious issues.

Peace agreements: The case of Angola

For both, it was perhaps the chance for a momentary break in fighting – a chance to rest and rearm – that was the strongest enticement. The final section will analyse how these attempts, particularly Bicesse and Lusaka, failed in terms of both construction and implementation. To the extent that the international community was both guarantor of this legality and of the accords, and indifferent to the realities of the MPLA’s governing practice, the government could count on its close ties with a series of powerful foreign partners and on the acquiescence of an important section of the ‘real’ international community in its war — involving substantial political support, but also direct though discreet military support from certain friendly countries.

Six years after the establishment of peace in the country, Angolans held new election in The multi-generational conflict has seamlessly transformed itself from an independence struggle against Portuguese colonisers, to a well-funded proxy war drawing in both superpowers, and finally, into an even deadlier and more devastating contest for personal power and resources.

Read full article Why did Bicesse and Lusaka fail? Angola Press Agency Luanda. This is how the Angolan government has chosen to portray the course of events, while the international community has opted to see Luena as also resulting from its patient efforts to bring peace. It was not until the Movement of the Armed Forces coup in Portugal in Aprilthat independence became a real possibility. UNITA maintained control over some of its areas and ‘its’ people and had no intention of losing its only asset by disarming, and the international community turned a blind eye.

That is why an early date for the elections was set, despite being a totally unrealistic time frame for the completion of all the necessary tasks.

Movements of forces will be progressively monitored and verified by the United Nations and will be conducted based on the availability of assets.


Furthermore, there was nothing in the texts of Lusaka prohibiting foreign countries from re-arming the ‘legitimate government’. Fortunately, the lessons have been favourably implemented elsewhere in southern Africa. Moreover, 1, of the bicessf had subsequently deserted the areas. While the talks often seemed a mere sideshow to the more com-pelling drama of the Angolan battlefields, where thousands were dying each day from war-related causes, hopes nevertheless remained high throughout the region that this time, peace bicesss prevail.

Bicesse Accords

In particular, Beye strove for acords on meaningful power-sharing arrangements, rather accogds the token participation of the losing party mandated by the Bicesse Accords. This memorable occasion officially ended 16 years of civil war. The quasi-exchange that structured the accord — disarmament for participation in acocrds government — conformed to this change in legal status and to the lessons learned.

UNITA only wanted peace because it was certain — as was almost everyone else at the time, including the MPLA — that it would win the elections, and achieve its aim of gaining state power.

On January 15,Roberto, Neto, and Savimbi met with the Portuguese to biccesse the Alvor Accords, which provided for a transitional government and Angolan independence on November 11, However, it was understood that this issue would have to be resolved in direct talks between the two parties. UNITA did this secretly with the help bicfsse arms and diamond dealers, as well as some remaining friendly governments.

These interests had not weakened, but rather reoriented themselves and, once in conformity with the election results, inclined more heavily to the government’s advantage. Demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration The land issue in the context of peacebuilding: Looking back, moving forward Despite a seemingly serious, if sometimes grudging, commitment to the peace process by the combatants, thoughtful and constructive international mediation, and an apparent willingness to learn from and correct past mistakes in the negotiation process by all parties, both the Bicesse and Lusaka Accords collapsed in their implementation.

Both sides are restricted from moving. The interplay between foreign interests and internal forces.

In these circumstances, the postponement of the elections would have been desirable which is what the UN subsequently did in Mozambiqueas the minimal political and military conditions for them to take place and be respected had not been met.

Under the new and very favourable circumstances, it embarked on highly profitable but predatory and opportunistic business practices. Now the diamonds are being picked up before they hit the market, either being bought by trading companies or sold directly to cutters.