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Mbeki says relations good

South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Wednesday that relations between his country and war-torn Angola are good even though they have differing views on the conflict in Angola. Mbeki told a news conference: “In practical terms relations between South Africa and Angola are in fact very good. The only issue of debate, and that was not a matter that should result in conflicts or enmities, was how to resolve the conflict in Angola.” He said he appreciated Angola’s sensitivities after the country had seen earlier agreements collapsing. His comments followed remarks last month by Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos who said South Africa should not “meddle” in Angolan affairs. He made the remarks after Pretoria urged the Angolan government and the UNITA rebel movement to negotiate a solution to the crisis.

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