Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the Mozambican rebel movement and currently the leading political party, Renamo, has again rejected an offer of unconditional talks made by President Filipe Nyusi.

According to a report in the independent daily O Pais, Renamo replied on Monday to Nyusi’s latest offer, and once again demanded the presence of foreign mediators in any future dialogue. Dhlakama wants any such talks to be mediated by the Catholic Church, the European Union and South African President Jacob Zuma,

Dhlakama claims that he has contacted all three and has received favourable responses. However, there can be no doubt that neither the European Union nor the South African government will agree to a mediating role without an explicit request from both sides to the conflict.

Nyusi has appointed a team to prepare the meeting with Dhlakama, consisting of former security minister Jacinto Veloso, former justice minister Benwinda Levi, and a member of the presidential staff, Alves Muteque. In his letter to Dhlakama, Nyusi asked the Renamo leader to appoint, as quickly as possible, a preparatory team from the Renamo side.

Dhlakama has again refused. He said that he would only name his team once the foreign mediators are accredited. “Once the accreditation of the proposed mediators has been accepted, the Renamo presidency will immediately present the list of members who will join the government team,” Dhlakama wrote.

Source: AIM