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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It is as bicese we have a complex tumbler lock. The international community watched helplessly as diamonds and oil poured out of Angola, and arms flooded in at an equal rate.

View full accord issue. Orphan of the Cold War: Accoords wisdom maintains that for a conflict to be susceptible to effective mediation efforts and de-escalation, several elements must be present: Bicesse came at a time when there was a lot of talk about a new international order and when the UN, after the Cold War, could regain its prominent role. Building on this developing trust, the parties then gradually move to the more difficult issues that require serious concessions on both sides.

Transitory political rules were not established, nor was a coalition government which would have avoided the dangers of a ‘winner takes all’ outcome decided on for the period following the elections.

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These elements, particularly a sense of requitement and a way out for each party after the elections, were absent in the Bicesse Accord. The international community increasing invested the MPLA government with legitimacy and support, helping to bring about the end of the conflict but also further entrenching undemocratic government and state corruption at the expense of the civilian population.

The Gbadolite mediation attempt is an excellent case in point: Location Maps – Country maps for your reports and presentations. The Troika, on the other hand, installed itself in the driving seat of the process, the CCPM Joint Political and Military Commissionand thus the interests of the three member countries and even more the balance of power between them, greatly in the US’s favour, prevailed over the UN. This was the most difficult and longest phase in the Lusaka talks, as positions of strength – measured in military terms as hostilities continued – changed daily.


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Another 7, rebel soldiers had been integrated into the joint national army and roughly 18, UNITA troops had abandoned the process. What, then, can be said of this accord, described as exemplary by some of its international promoters, and greatly welcomed by the Angolan population; and why did it fail? The agreement started the process of democratisation that led the country to the first multiparty and presidential elections, held on September 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.

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.

Both sides will be made aware of any movements that occur. But what remained at the end of the process in the eyes of many Angolans was the powerlessness and disrepute of the UN: And on, The Economist, November 27,pp.

On January 15,Roberto, Neto, and Savimbi met with the Portuguese to sign the Alvor Accords, which provided for a transitional government and Angolan independence on November 11, Moreover, 1, of the soldiers had subsequently deserted the areas.

Internal conflict in the immediate post-independence period was perhaps inevitable, given the virulent discord among the three main nationalist factions.

Peace agreements: The case of Angola

As long as UNITA retained military superiority, it rejected any new terms of agreement proposed by the international community. For Savimbi and a part of the leadership, this meant being in power. Moreover, the devastated infrastructure often posed overwhelming logistical challenges and prevented the implementation of many physical aspects of the agreement, such as demobilisation and the extension of state administration.


However, by extracting concessions from the stronger party – the government in the case of Angola – talks continued to progress.

The pre-colonial Angolan conflict The Angolan conflict began as a struggle for independence and national liberation from the Portuguese colonial power during early Most importantly, the agreement was signed in a context of absolute mistrust between the parties, and it overlooked the fact that both parties were utterly determined not to abide by the rules of the game if necessary.

These soon began to constitute a real contribution to the government’s war effort, making it difficult for UNITA to get supplies and forcing it to ‘survive by its own means’.

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The final section will analyse how these attempts, particularly Bicesse and Lusaka, failed in terms of both construction and implementation. The meeting produced an official document calling for a ceasefire to begin at midnight, June The men did not see the elections as a future transfer of power through periodic elections either.

Following the election, violence broke out throughout the country as Angola descended back into war. In July, over people were killed in the massacre accordx a small village Mussukuas surrounding troops shelled the homes.

In this context, elections were a means to consolidate power, not the beginning of an ongoing, inclusive process to facilitate a power-sharing arrangement. The disengagement of forces; 2.