'Separatists are extinct'

LUANDA - An Angolan minister said on Tuesday a separatist group that has waged war for control of the country's oil-producing province for more than 30 years no longer existed.

LUANDA - An Angolan minister said on Tuesday a separatist group that has waged war for control of the country's oil-producing province for more than 30 years no longer existed.

Antonio Bento Bembe, a former fighter with the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda who is now a minister without portfolio, said: "FLEC no longer exists.

"What you have is some individuals who issue war statements. They try to push the people to take up arms, sinking them into trouble."

In 2006, the Angolan government and some FLEC representatives signed a peace deal on the basis that more oil money would stay in the province. The government now reinvests 10percent of Cabinda's oil taxes in the province.

More than half the country's oil comes from wells of Cabinda, a small enclave in the north. - Reuters

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