Moz pres­i­dent sig­nals peace talks break­through

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

MAPUTO - Mozambique's Pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi and op­po­si­tion RE­N­AMO leader Os­sufo Mo­made on Wednes­day an­nounced an ap­par­ent break­through in peace ne­go­ti­a­tions over the in­te­gra­tion of for­mer rebels into the po­lice and army.

The dis­ar­ma­ment and in­te­gra­tion of RE­N­AMO fight­ers has been a ma­jor stick­ing point in talks, with the govern­ment de­mand­ing the im­me­di­ate dis­band­ing of RE­N­AMO armed units. "The (RE­N­AMO) lead­er­ship agreed with us. We will con­tinue with the pro­ce­dures that we have been im­ple­ment­ing, the in­te­gra­tion in the po­lice... it will be pos­si­ble," Nyusi told re­porters. "The main thing is to give as­sur­ance to our MPs and to so­ci­ety in gen­eral that the process will not stop." The govern­ment and RE­N­AMO, which has main­tained an armed mil­i­tant wing, have been in peace talks af­ter un­rest erupted be­tween 2013 and 2016. RE­N­AMO fought a bloody 16-year civil war against the rul­ing FRE­LIMO party un­til 1992. "From the con­ver­sa­tion we had with the head of state, we reached the con­sen­sus that it is pos­si­ble to in­te­grate (the RE­N­AMO armed wing) into the po­lice," said RE­N­AMO in­terim leader Mo­made. A for­mal dec­la­ra­tion of the deal is ex­pected shortly, Nyusi added. Vet­eran RE­N­AMO leader Afonso Dh­lakama played a key role in ad­vanc­ing the peace process with Nyusi, but his death in May from a sus­pected heart at­tack aged 65 threw the talks into doubt. AFP

TRUCE: Mozambique's Pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi.

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