UN Counter-terrorism unit available to support Mozambique combat violence in Cabo Delgado
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The Frelimo candidate to succeed himself as president, Filipe Nyusi, yesterday acknowledged that there might be a possibility of negotiating with the perpetrators of the attacks in Cabo Delgado, as long as they “show their faces”, Noticias online reports
“If they show their face, we will go to [meet] them,” Nyusi told a rally in Cabo Delgado’s Chiúre district, part of the ongoing electoral campaign for the presidential, legislative and provincial assembly elections on 15 October.
Nyusi began by asking the hundreds of people who flocked to the electoral “showmicio” [rally] whether they knew the people who were killing citizens and destroying property, getting a “no” for an answer.
“They close their faces,” the president said. “They are masked'” AIM quotes him as saying. “You know that we will go there, where the people who kill us live, to talk to them,” he added.
President Nyusi, his term of office about to end, went to the Gorongosa Mountains, where the late Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama had been in hiding, to negotiate peace, a gesture seen as one of high risk for the head of state, but which was successful in reaching the cessation of hostilities and the peace and national reconciliation agreements.
The armed attacks in northern Cabo Delgado, responsibility for which has so far not been authentically claimed, began in October 2017 and have resulted in over a hundred dead and hundreds of homes torched.