Mozambique: Peace Talks Fall Flat

THERE is some pessimism around the internationally mediated peace talks between the ruling Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO).

The talks between the two rival parties began amid fanfare in Maputo last Thursday but suspended two days later over a number of disagreements.

“So many issues were thrown on the table and such hard lines were taken that the large and very mixed bag of international mediators decided no progress was possible then,” the Institute for Security Studies noted.

The chief mediator from the European Union, Mario Raffaelli, who also mediated the Rome negotiations that ended the civil war in 1992, announced after the talks were suspended mediators were now asking for “more order” in the discussion.

The civil war killed over 1 million people.

Although the agendas of the two sides have not been published, FRELIMO’s demand for a ceasefire is a key issue which RENAMO’s leader Afonso Dhlakama has flatly rejected. Dhlakama is insisting that he should appoint the governors in six out of the country’s 11 provinces, which he claims RENAMO won in the 2014 elections.

ISS warned if long-term solutions were not found for the underlying issues, the mediation process would be worthless.

“At best, this points to protracted negotiations,” said Peter Fabricius, ISS Consultant, said.

Source: CAJ News Agency