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The Swiss ambassador to Mozambique and chairman of the Contact Group between the Mozambican government and Renamo today welcomed the agreement on the demilitarisation of the main opposition party’s armed wing, pledging willingness to support the process.
“I would like to warmly congratulate the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, and the coordinator of the Renamo Political Commission, Ossufo Momade, for having reached an agreement on the issue of military affairs,” Mirko Manzoni said in a statement distributed today in Maputo.
Mirko Manzoni pointed out that the international community stands ready to support both parties and all Mozambicans with a view to establishing a lasting peace.
“There has been remarkable progress in the peace process and the Mozambicans should be proud,” reads the press release.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the government and Renamo on the demilitarisation and integration of the main opposition party’s forces.
“The memorandum clearly outlines the roadmap for military affairs, the subsequent and decisive steps towards achieving an effective and lasting peace with regard to the disarmament, demobilisation and integration of Renamo’s armed wing,” said Fiipe Nyusi in a statement to the nation in the Presidency of the Republic.
The Mozambican President also said that within days the next steps in the process will be announced, but also without further details.
The current negotiating process between the Mozambican government and Renamo started a year ago when Filipe Nyusi went to Gorongosa in central Mozambique for a meeting with Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama on August 6 last year.
In addition to the disarmament and integration of the men of the armed wing of the largest opposition party in the armed forces, the negotiating agenda between the two sides also involved the decentralisation of power, a point that was addressed by a change in the Constitution voted in July.