Mozambique govt, Renamo sign peace accord
Maputo, (AIM-New Ziana) – The Mozambican government and the country’s main opposition Renamo party, were due to sign a final peace and reconciliation agreement on Tuesday, witnessed by the European Union foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini.
The deal will be signed in Maputo’s Peace Square at 4:00 p.m. local time, a presidency source told Lusa.
Last Thursday, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade signed an agreement formally ending the clashes between government forces and the armed wing of the main opposition party in Gorongosa, central Sofala province.
This is the third agreement between a Mozambican Frelimo government and Renamo, preceded as it is by the 1992 Rome General Peace Agreement and the 2014 military hostilities cessation agreement following a new wave of confrontation between the two parties.
But on Sunday, the leader of a Renamo splinter group challenging the party leadership refused to hand in his weapons under the hostility cessation agreement signed with the government until a new (Renamo) president is elected.
“We will elect our president and only then will we hand over the weapons,” Renamo general Mariano Nhongo said, warning the Mozambican government and the current party leader, Ossufo Momade: “Don’t fool with us, military men are on my side.”
The European Commission announced today that the European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini, will on Tuesday be “in Maputo, Mozambique, to attend the official signing ceremony of the historic agreement between the Mozambican Government and the opposition party Renamo”.
“The EU has been very supportive of the peace process and is providing EUR 50 million to help consolidate it, supporting local economic development, decentralisation, reconciliation and disarmament and promoting the demobilisation and reintegration of former combatants,” the European Union said.
Brussels also said that Federica Mogherini would hold bilateral meetings with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, Renamo President Ossufo Momade and Mozambican Foreign Minister José Pacheco.