The political leadership of the independent movement in Cabinda announced that it “welcomed the call for a worldwide ceasefire” launched by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
The Cabinda State Liberation Front – Armed Forces of Cabinda (FLEC-FAC) decreed “a ceasefire across the territory” of the enclave in northern Angola, responding “positively” to an appeal by the United Nations secretary-general in this sense.
The political leadership of the Cabinda independence movement announces in a statement dated this Wednesday that it « welcomed the call for a global ceasefire, launched on October 2, 2020 by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in order to allow an effective fight against a common global enemy, the Covid-19 pandemic ».
“In response” to the UN Secretary-General’s appeal, FLEC-FAC announces that it decrees, “for the second time“, the « application of a ceasefire throughout the territory of Cabinda, reserving the right of self-defense whenever is the target of attacks, or the population of Cabinda, by the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) ».
The movement also says that it hopes to « obtain public recognition from the UN Secretary-General for the effort and goodwill always shown by FLEC-FAC » and « asks » António Guterres to reinforce his message with the Angolan presidency and government, that the Angolan armed forces « effectively comply with the ceasefire in Cabinda ».
The movement says it is willing to cooperate with “all serious initiatives that create the pillars for peace in Cabinda” and, in this sense, reinforces with the UN Secretary-General his « total willingness to dialogue with the Angolan Presidency and Government. in the search for a definitive resolution of the conflict in Cabinda ».
FLEC-FAC’s military political leadership declares that “the ceasefire has an immediate effect on all Cabinda territory, and orders all its military personnel to maintain a defensive position only,” the statement concludes.
The Angolan province of Cabinda, where most of the country’s oil reserves are concentrated, is not contiguous with the rest of the country and, for many years, local leaders have defended independence, alleging an autonomous colonial history of Luanda.
FLEC, through its “armed wing“, the FAC, fights for the independence of that province, claiming that the enclave was a Portuguese protectorate, as established in the Treaty of Simulambuco, signed in 1885, and not an integral part of the Angolan territory.
Cabinda is bordered on the north by the Republic of Congo, on the east and on the south by the Democratic Republic of Congo and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean.
Source : Observador