Registration for military conscription began in Angola this week following an intensive media campaign, diplomatic sources in Luanda told IRIN on Wednesday.
Over the last few weeks, there has been a widespread campaign in the newspapers and on radio and television informing conscripts of their obligations. Youths born between 1979 and 1981 are required by law to register for the call-up.
The move follows intensified fighting between government troops and the UNITA opposition movement and comes in the wake of a proposed pullout by UN peacekeepers.
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