Angolan Rebels to Resume Armed Insurrection in Oil-Rich Region

Rebels in Angola’s oil-rich Cabinda region said they’re resuming an armed campaign to gain independence for the enclave after the government failed to respond to its request for talks.

The Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda, which has waged a low-level insurgency for autonomy for more than three decades, will adopt the “military way” until President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos’ administration agrees to “serious and concrete” dialogue, according to a statement published by Portuguese news agency Lusa.

Angola, Africa’s second-biggest crude producer, pumps most of its 1.75 million barrels a day from off the coast of Cabinda, which is separated from the country by a sliver of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda came to prominence in January 2010, when it claimed responsibility for killing two members of the visiting Togolese soccer team during a tournament.

The Angolan government in July 2010 agreed to talks with the rebels after the separatists agreed to end their armed struggle.

Calls to the headquarters of the Angolan Armed Forces weren’t answered when Bloomberg sought comment on Friday.

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