UN Criticized for Delays as
Peacekeepers Enter Angola
September 1, 2009
and Argentian Advance Units in Angola
British advance troops disembark to scout
proposed UK base site
ANGOLA-- United Kingdom and Argentina military officers are
currently in country making plans and arrangements for zones of
UN peacekeeping mission to Angola will divide the country into halves
along the east-west axis with the United Kingdom taking the northern
half and Argentina taking the southern half.
The primary relief forces should begin arriving within two weeks
to this battered and deprived country.
has suffered severely during it's civil war, with it's economy in shreds
and its population facing famine.
The current life expectancy is a mere 41 years for males and 44
years for females. The high
prevalence of infectious diseases is also taking it's toll upon the
is still concern regarding UNITA, since the guerilla group is currently
working hard to win over the local population with it's modernist ideals
of promising democracy and human rights, these ideals have spread like
wildfire throughout the country. There
has been no official comment from UNITA regarding the expected arrival
of UN Peacekeepers to their country and possible reactions.
Officer greets local children in village near
future Argentine aid station
the local Government side, Angolan dictator General Yuhu who receives support from both Cuba and Russia, has welcomed UN aid but finds the
intrusion of UN military forces in Angola as "blantant meddling by
outside forces" and has claimed that any such military force would
be treated like any other hostile invader--with violence.
either case, the UN Peacekeeping force will have a rough time of sorting
out the friendlies from the bad guys.
Pointing Continues at United Nations
outrage continues to grow over the inaction of the United Nations
regarding the African country of Angola.
after country denounced the UN for its long delay in determining a course
of action with many pointing the blame at members of the UN Security Council for meddling
and halting any talk of progress on getting a UN peacekeeping force
inside Angolan borders.
UN peacekeeping force has been widely seen as the only way to get relief for
the population of Angola given the current state of affairs.
Government dictator General Yulu has expressed concern to his
allies, the Cubans and Russians, regarding the UN move and possibly
upcoming resolution against his Government which controls a large swath
of the country. Both Cuba
and Russia have taken his concerns to heart and have worked hard to
block any moves by the UN in the past. But
both Cuba and Russia have supported General Yulu's government, that
support won't be increased anytime soon as both Cuba and Russia have
their own problems at home.
contributing factor to the delay was that no one country had the political will to go it alone in Angola.
None wish to be trapped between the heavily supported Yulu
government and the popular UNITA guerilla movement, and even several NATO countries
had refused to try and stop the downward
spiral in Angola without support from their allies. It wasn't
until both the UK and Argentina stepped up independently that the
impasse was ended .
as the previous squabbling at the UN got louder, the dying continued in Angola.
Now that help is on its way, it will soon be discovered whether it
arrives in time or if
Angola will cease to exist
as a country.
( Kelly Crawford,