It is regrettable that a man of the reputation of Aubrey McCutcheon III has joined the ranks of those who repeat the propaganda of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) government {Letters, Oct. 15}.

Although the MPLA government has claimed that it has begun the process toward multiparty government, such a decision will not even be considered until the MPLA party congress in December at the earliest. Moreover, the Angolan government recently banned the Angolan Civic Association for merely handing out leaflets in Luanda supporting multiparty democracy.

Any right-thinking person would want all arms shipments to Angola to end under ideal circumstances, but to believe that any policy would work that disarms one side in a dispute while negotiations between them are at such a delicate point is to seriously misread recent Angolan history.

It was less than a year ago that the MPLA government launched a massive offensive against its National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) opponents when it looked as though military aid to UNITA had been suspended. With a lasting peace in Angola now within reach, why alter the formula that has led us to such a hopeful point?

GREGORY B. SIMPKINS Temple Hills