The Mozambican government says it has established “the logistical and security conditions” needed to re-establish dialogue with the rebel movement and leading opposition political party Renamo “without pre-conditions”.

“The promotion of dialogue with all the live forces of society is one of the main commitments of the Mozambican government , in order to contribute to the consolidation of national unity, peace and the well-being of the Mozambican people,” the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) said in a statement here Wednesday.

Last week, after a meeting of the National Defence and Security Council (CNDS), President Filipe Nyusi set up a three-member team to prepare for a meeting between him and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.

Concerns about his personal security were among the excuses used by Dhlakama for not accepting Nyusi’s invitation for talks.

However, this is far from the only hurdle erected by Renamo. Thus Dhlakama has refused to name a team of his own to prepare for the meeting, and demands, as a pre-condition, that the government accept foreign mediation.

Dhlakama wants any future talks mediated by the Catholic Church, the European Union and South African President Jacob Zuma but the government has consistently argued that foreign mediation is unnecessary in a dispute among Mozambicans.

As for the Mozambicans who have fled from the western province of Tete into Malawi, and who now number around 11,000, the government said it is co-ordinating with national and international specialist institutions to guarantee humanitarian assistance, as well as to ensure their return and settlement in Mozambique.

The government also promised to investigate the alleged violations of human rights by the defence and security forces. Some of the refugees had told journalists that members of the armed forces burnt down their homes and barns in Mozambique.

The statement said the government is committed “to continue working with all segments of society to understand what these violations of human rights consist of, and to take appropriate measures in the light of the law

Source: AIM