Operation Displace came to an end in southeast Angola near Cuito Cuanavale on 30 August 1988. The South African holding force withdrew to SWA safely and unhindered by FAPLA and Cuban forces. UNITA was left to fend for themselves in Angola without the support of the SADF. The final withdrawal of all South African forces from Angola had been completed. 10 SA Division was disbanded by the SADF and SWATF on 1 September 1988 and the citizen forces were demobilized and returned home. This formality followed on the successful implementation of the ceasefire and the peace settlement agreed to between South Africa, Cuba and Angola on 22 August 1988. South African involvement in Angola was finally at an end and peace seemed to be in sight. But SWAPO did not agree… They had been left out of the discussions and were not even part of the Joint Military Monitoring Commission (JMMC) that had been set up at Ruacana on 16 August 1988.
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