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File photo / Afonso Dhlakama
Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama said that the meeting with Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi “produced compromises” to accelerate the effective peace negotiations, and signaled the extent of trust between the parties.
“We talked and came to the conclusion that there were issues that could not be limited to [being addressed] over the phone, that we had to meet each other face to face,” the leader of the main opposition party Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) told Lusa in a telephone interview.
Dhlakama, speaking from the Gorongosa mountain range, where he has been in refuge since the beginning of 2016, said that the meeting on Sunday, August 6, allowed both parties to negotiate and build mutual trust.
“The meeting served to confirm” this new relationship, he said. “We have always spoken, we have spoken since January,” he noted, and these contacts have allowed confidence to grow, which “led President Nyusi to come to the Gorongosa forests” in a “quest for peace”.
The meeting was prepared and planned between the two leaders, the Renamo leader explained.
“We were in fact able to reach some compromises, and we came to the conclusion that the commissions (on military and decentralisation matters) had to continue working until the end of the year and complete everything that is scheduled,” Dhlakama said, saying that “hope for solid results for peace had increased”.
The Mozambican president and the Renamo discuss the return of political stability in an unannounced meeting in the Gorongosa mountain range in central Mozambique on Sunday.
Despite the 1992 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Mozambique has experienced outbreaks of political and military violence after Renamo refused to recognise the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) victory in presidential elections.