ADDIS ABABA, Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has urged the Mozambican community in the diaspora to support the efforts being undertaken by the government to secure an effective and lasting peace in the country.

Speaking at a dinner with the Mozambican community resident in Ethiopia here Sunday, Rosario said the dialogue under way between President Filipe Nyusi and the leader of Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama, needed the support of all Mozambicans.

The talks between Nyusi and Dhlakama had resulted in a truce, which has now held for more than six months. But what was needed was to move from a truce to full peace. We want Mozambicans to feel there is no need to use violence to solve their problems,” said Rosario.

As a result of the dialogue, two commissions have been set up between the government and Renamo, one dealing with decentralization, and the other with military questions. This, Rosario said, concerned such matters as the disarming of Renamo and the integration of members of the Renamo militia into the Mozambican defence and security forces.

As for decentralization, Rosario said this began many years ago with the establishment of municipalities. The debate now is over provincial governments, with Renamo calling for the election of provincial governors, rather than the current system whereby the President of the Republic appoints the governors.

Various models were possible, said the Prime Minister, and Mozambicans are called upon to contribute with their ideas.

The commission on decentralization, he added, is drawing up a proposal on the matter which should be presented at the end of this month or early next month, so that we will have a legal package for the forthcoming elections, and which will end distrust in the elections.

On the economic situation, Rosario pointed to the country’s enormous mineral wealth, including proven reserves of 150 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, as well as vast deposits of coal. But exploiting these resources would require enormous investments, he added.