Cases of malnutrition in the Angolan central highland town of Kuito are rapidly increasing, reported on Thursday. SFP spokeswoman Cristina Muller said although aid flights to the town had resumed earlier this week, the poor condition of the airport runway was hindering the relief effort. At the same time, more and more people were arriving in the town, driven from their homes by Unita rebels and other armed groups, Muller was quoted as saying.

A French court has dropped its investigation into allegations that the son of the late President Francois Mitterrand was involved in illegal arms sales to Angola, BBC has reported.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) was expected to meet Angolan government officials on Tuesday to discuss recent attacks on its cargo delivery planes. The meeting comes five days after the UN suspended all food delivery flights in the southern African country on Friday.

The refugee camp around Kuito, Angola is running out of food as more people arrive.

The Angolan government has dismissed as "nothing new" comments made on Wednesday by rebel leader Jonas Savimbi in a BBC interview. The ruling party's information secretary Norberto dos Santos told the Portuguese radio station RDP on Thursday that "what Angolans really want to know is when Savimbi is going to end the war".