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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation José Pacheco says he trusts the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) to bring peace to the country despite new internal threats by some of its guerrillas.
“Of course, Renamo is sovereign in addressing and solving its internal problems. We offer a vote of confidence that it will overcome this crisis and align itself with the peace process agreed by all parties,” Pacheco said.
José Pacheco was speaking in Chimoio, central Mozambique on Thursday, on the sidelines of the two-day political dialogue meetings between European diplomats and the Mozambican government which ends today (Friday).
The minister, who heads the Mozambican delegation, said the government remained “nourished with the spirit” of maintaining a dialogue for lasting peace in Mozambique.
On Wednesday, Renamo guerrillas demanded – through a statement to the press – the resignation of Ossufo Momade, the party’s president, accusing him of destroying the party and threatening to kill him if he did not comply with the resignation demand.
Renamo responded through its spokesman, José Manteigas, yesterday, stating that Momade retained command of the armed wing of the organisation and calling the officer who issued the threats a “deserter”.
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