LISBON — Angola's leftist government and US-backed rebels reached an agreement Wednesday to end 16 years of civil war. A spokesman for Portugal, which has been acting as a mediator, said the chief negotiators of the ruling Popular Liberation Movement of Angola and the guerrilla National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) would sign the pact Wednesday evening in a resort near Lisbon.
The diplomats said the agreement provides for government and rebel forces to merge into a national army and for multiparty elections to choose a parliament and president in late 1992.
Angolan President Jos'e Eduardo dos Santos and UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi will formally sign the 1,500-word agreement in Lisbon May 28 or 29, diplomats here said. An internationally supervised cease-fire would take effect shortly thereafter.