Mozambique: No Pre-Conditions for Dialogue – Nyusi

Lisbon – Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has stressed that there can be no pre-conditions for a dialogue with Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the rebel movement Renamo.

Speaking on Wednesday to the journalists who accompanied him to Lisbon, where he attended the inauguration of the new Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Nyusi said “Dialogue should happen naturally. We want a dialogue and so we have chosen a team to prepare the meeting with Afonso Dhlakama”.

That team, announced last week, consists of former security minister Jacinto Veloso, former justice minister Bemvinda Levy (who is now an adviser to Nyusi), and Alves Muteque, a member of the presidential staff.

The government has insisted that all security and logistical conditions are in place for a dialogue between Nyusi and Dhlakama.

But Renamo has demanded a range of pre-conditions, notably the appointment of foreign mediators. In his reply to Nyusi’s latest invitation, Dhlakama demanded that any future talks be mediated by the Catholic Church, the European Union and South African President Jacob Zuma. The government, however, has consistently argued that no foreigners are required to mediate a dispute among Mozambicans.

During his brief stay in Lisbon, Nyusi met with both the new President and with Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

Rebelo de Sousa, who once lived in Mozambique, has declared that he regards Mozambique as his “second motherland”, and at a dinner he offered Nyusi on Tuesday night, he said “I have Mozambique in my heart”.

Nyusi told reporters that the partnership between Mozambique and Portugal has been marked by “excellent relations of friendship, solidarity and cooperation and by noteworthy progress in the economic sphere”, stressing in particular the increase of Portuguese investment in Mozambique.

Source: All Africa