Mozambique: President Nyusi concerned northern armed violence could spread
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The European Union (EU) has welcomed the recent meeting between the Mozambican head of state Filipe Nyusi and the president of Renamo, Ossufo Momade, as well as the progress made in implementing the memorandum of understanding on military affairs, characterising them as “a step in the right direction” for effective peace in the country.
In a statement issued on Friday, the EU states: “Timely and effective implementation of all agreed commitments, including on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration and decentralisation, is crucial and will help foster mutual trust.”
“It is important that high-level dialogue between both sides continues to achieve a permanent peace agreement as soon as possible,” it adds.
The statement contains assurances that the EU “will continue to support the parties in this effort, as well as the overall process of peace and national reconciliation, for the benefit of all Mozambicans”.
As part of the dialogue between the government and Renamo, the president of Mozambique held a meeting on Tuesday February 26 with the president of the largest opposition party in Mozambique, at which both parties expressed their full willingness to honour all commitments under the Memorandum of Understanding on Military Matters.
The parties reviewed the progress made in the implementation of the memorandum and instructed implementation teams to accelerate the schedule of activities foreseen in the document.
A day after the meeting, 11 Renamo officers were sworn in and are now taking up leadership positions in the Defence Forces of Mozambique (FADM).
At the beginning of February, the Minister of National Defence, Atanásio M’tumuke, made permanent the interim December appointments of three Renamo officers to leadership positions in the Information, Communication and Operations departments of the Mozambican army.Source: AIM Moçambique
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