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UN arms embargo on Angola (UNITA)

In September 1993 UN Security Council resolution 864 established an arms embargo, as part of a a package of sanctions, intended to prohibit all supplies of arms and related materiel to the UNITA organization including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment and spare parts for the aforementioned.This was in in reaction to the deteriorating political, military and humanitarian situation in Angola and the continued suspension of peace talks.

In the resolution the Security Council condemned actions by UNITA that contravened the Paz peace accords while praising the steps taken by the Government of Angola to implement the same accords.

The Security Council decided to prohibit the transfer of any arms to Angola except through named points of entry on a list to be supplied by the Government of Angola to the Secretary-General. This mechanism was intended to assist with implementation of the embargo.

The arms embargo was lifted by UN Security Council Resolution 1448 in December 2002 in light of the continuing peace process.

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Embargo type: Mandatory UN embargoes
Entry into force:
Lifted: 9 December 2002
Establishing document: UNSCR 864

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