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Security Council condemns downing of Russian plane

[Guinea] Jean Tamba Koundoouno, 18, and 'commandante' of half a dozen volunteer soldiers in Nzerekore. One day they hope they will be offered a proper millitary job. [Date picture taken: 02/26/2006]
soldiers in Guinea (Sarah Simpson/IRIN)

The UN Security Council has condemned last week's downing of a Russian commercial plane in northeastern Angola.

It demanded the "immediate and unconditional release of the Russian crew and all other foreign nationals held hostage by the UNITA movement," the Council said in a statement. Council President, Ambassador Denis Dangue Rewake of Gabon, said UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi carried "full responsibility" for the safety of the hostages.

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