MIDDLE EAST ASIA BRIEF FOR 18 MARCH 1987.

Created: 3/18/1987

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SUBJECT: MIDDLE EAST ASIA

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I. USSR-ANGOLA-CUBA: TALKS ON SOUTHERN AfRICAN BRIEF

SSR-ANGOLA-CUBA: TALKS OH SOUTHERN AFRICA

DURING CONSULTATIONS IN THE USSR. HIGH-LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES HAVANA. ANO LUANDA STATED THAT THE ELIMINATIONECESSARY CONDITION FOR A PQ1ITICAL SETTLEMENT IN

SOKOLOV Tnd COMMUNIST PARTY SECRETARIES DOBRYNIN AND HEOVEOYEV MET FOR TWO DAYSUBAN DELEGATION LED BY POLITBURO MEMBER RlSQUET AND AN ANGOLAN CONTINGENT THAT INCLUDED OEIENSE MINISTER TQKHA AND FOREIGN MINISTER VAH DUNEn. BmmmmWmWLKWMaW^

DELEGATIONS CALLED FOR PART IC'CAT!ON 0' THE UN. IHE OAU. AND THE NONALIGNED MOVEMENT INOLITICAL SETTLEMENT. EPARTURE FROM PAST COVERAGE. THEY OID NOT REAFFIRM THE ANGOLAN GOVERNMENT PLATFORM OF . WHICH CALLSFRICAN-CUBAN TROOP WITHDRAWAL FROM ANGOLA AND NAMIBIA. |

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IIKKACEEGIONAL SETTLEI-XNT TO THC ENDii 0 AND OMISSION OF THE ANGOLAN TROOF WITHDRAWAL FORMULATION ARQEKING Of THE SOVIET-CUBAH-ANGOLAH POSITION.

EMPHASISN, OAU. ANO NONALIGNED ROLE HAT SIGNIFY OPPOSITION TO US SPONSORSHIP Of FUTURE REGIONAL TALKS. THE THREE COUNTRIES PROBABLY SEE FEW PROSPECTS FOR NEGOTIATIONS SOON ANO WILL PROBABLY CONCENTRATE ON MAKING GRADUAL, STEAOY MILITARY PROGRESS AGAINST THE UNITA INSURGENTS WHILE CONTINUING ATTEMPTS TO ISOLATE US AND SOUTH AFRICAN POSITIONS ON REGIONAL ISSUES.

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LEBANON'S SHIA CRITICAL . AMAL LEAOER BARRI'S LINKS TO STHIA. KILLINGS QLjyZBALLAH^ MEMBERS BY SYRIAN TROOPS ALIENATING AMAt

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED REPLACEMENT OF SEVERAL CABINET MINISTERS, KEY MILITARY OFFICIALSILING DEFENSE MINISTER REPLACEO, AIR FORCE COMMANDER TRANSFERRED TO MINISTRY OFENGISTU HAS MADE SIMILAR WHOLESALE CHANGES IN PAST.

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