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Positions on the way forward for Mozambique’s peace negotiations appear to be diverging.
President Nyusi has called for the creation of an independent working group to discuss decentralisation without the international mediators. The MDM is calling for wider dialogue, while Renamo on Tuesday, 20, insisted of the continued presence of international mediators in any negotiations for the restoration of peace.
A day after Philip Nyusi had called for the creation of a new decentralisation team, the main opposition party said in its closing speech to parliament’s final legislative session of the year that only the presence of mediators could guarantee balanced negotiations.
After more than three months trying to build consensus between the government and Renamo delegations in the Joint Committee, mediators have left for the Christmas break without success.
Renamo’s parliamentary leader Ivone Soares says that the head of state’s new proposal leaves no doubt that the mediators are being discarded.
The MDM continues to criticise their exclusion and says that the new model will not “have legs to walk” or bring about sustainable peace until there is broader dialogue.
Frelimo says that the solution to peace is in Renamo’s hands, and that they must accept the model suggested by President Nyusi.Source: Voa Portugues