African Union congratulates Mozambique on peace deal signing
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The leader of the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) maintained yesterday that the threat to peace posed by the Renamo group challenging the party leadership and demanding the annulment of peace agreements resulted from the exclusion of other players from the negotiations.
“Those persons were not involved and, if we carry out negotiations ignoring parties, we will have problems,” Daviz Simango said on the sidelines of the 112-year celebrations in Beira, central Mozambique.
The MDM president said that the Mozambican government and the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) must find a platform to negotiate with a group that threatens to return to war if their demands are ignored.
“I am pleased when they say they continue to respect the truce declared by Dhlakama. This means they know what they want and they know they are key players in this process,” the president of Mozambique’s third-largest parliamentary party noted.
“You have to understand that that group was alongside the late Renamo leader [Afonso Dhlakama] from the start,” Simango said, alluding to the fact that group leader Mariano Nhongo was one of the most notable operation leaders in Dhlakama’s security guard.
The group, which calls itself the Renamo Military Junta, elected Mariano Nhongo as interim president on the last day of an extraordinary national council called by the junta, in defiance of official structures of Mozambique’s main opposition party, which Ossufo Momade leads.
The group, which describes itself as an “entrenched in the woods” Renamo military structure with 11 provincial military units, says it considers the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement signed by Mozambican head of state Filipe Nyusi and Ossufo Momade null and void, and that Ossufo Momade does not represent the military wing of the party.
Filipe Nyusi and Ossufo Momade signed the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement in Maputo on August 6th.
The Mozambican Government and Renamo already signed in 1992 a General Peace Agreement that ended 16 years of civil war, but was violated between 2013 and 2014 by armed clashes between the two parties due to disputes related to the general elections.
In 2014, both parties signed another agreement to end military hostilities, which was also again violated until the indefinite truce declaration in 2016, upheld to this day but without a formal agreement until August 6.
Source: O País
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