Savimbi agrees to begin talks

Luanda (AP) - Jonas Savimbi, the Unita rebel leader, agreed to open UN-sponsored peace talks with the Angolan government next week, a UN official in Luanda said yesterday.

Mr Savimbi said he would send Unita military representatives to talks on Monday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, the UN official said.

The announcement came at the end of a week in which rebels defeated government troops in the battle for a key petroleum town and threatened to overrun an oil-rich enclave and diamond mines in the north.