Celebration: Peace in Angola marks 15th anniversary on 4 April

Celebration: Peace in Angola marks 15 years on 4 April Luanda – The 15th anniversary of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding Complementary to the Lusaka Protocol between Angolan Government and rebel Unita movement, which changed the course of events in the country’s history, will be marked on Tuesday, April 4.

The agreement, signed in 2002 at the Palace of Congresses in Luanda and witnessed by the Angolan President, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and representatives of the national and international community, symbolised the end of the war, which left thousands of people displaced, mutilated and orphaned.

As of the signing of the document, April 4 was instituted as a National Holiday and became, among Angolans, a historical reference in the struggle of the people to mark a decisive turning point in the political process and in the development of the Republic of Angola.

The date is also one of the greatest achievements of the Angolan people after the National Independence, on 11 November 1975.

The country now enjoys a just and lasting peace, a particularly important moment in its history, never experienced by the Angolan people, even in the distant past, as well as since Angola’s birth as an independent and sovereign State.

It was only because the peace achieved was not an imposition of external forces, but rather the result of efforts by Angolans who understood that there was need for the ceasing of hostilities and begin the process of completing the remaining tasks of the Lusaka Protocol, with a view to the establishment of peace and the consequent reconciliation and reconstruction of the country.

For the first time, a protocol aimed at peace, was signed in the national territory, without any external mediation. This peace corresponds to the most legitimate interests of the Angolan people.

It is definite because the peace achieved is and must be consolidated in the daily lives of Angolans, through actions and practical attitudes, all of which must contribute to the irreversibility of this process.

It is the will of Angolans to remove all the factors of the past, in order to build a united and mature homeland, guided by the values of national unity, democracy, freedom, social justice and respect for human rights.

With the conquest of peace, new challenges lie ahead of the Angolan people. The need for continued effort to consolidate it by developing a number of actions to combat hunger and poverty.

Source: Angola Press News Agency