FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS SOUTH AFRICA ASKED TO MEDIATE IN MOZAMBICAN CONFLICT

South Afrian Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says Pretoria has been asked to mediate in the conflict between the Mozambican government and the rebel group, Renamo, which waged a 16-year civil war which officially ended in 1992.

However, since 2013, tension has intensified between the two sides and in 2014, Renamo refused to accept the outcome of elections after it lost against the ruling party, Frelimo.

Now, they have asked President Jacob Zuma to be part of the mediation team set by the two conflicting parties to resolve issues between them.

Nkoana-Mashabane said Monday: “We have been picking up signals through the Mozambican leadership that all is not well. They have formed a committee which can engage with Renamo. They have also approached President Zuma to be part of the committee.”

However, talks have not begun in earnest and Nkoana-Mashabane added: “Both sides have agreed to have discussions to make sure that they don’t go back to the 1994 era.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK