MAPUTO– Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has told the United Nations that national political dialogue has produced palpable and encouraging results for peaceful coexistence, contributing to the country’s economic recovery as well.

Addressing the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly taking place in New York City, Nyusi says there has been peace in the country for more than two years, thanks to the commitment of all Mozambicans. A summary of his speech was published on the website of the Presidency here Thursday.

Nyusi added that the process of disarming and demobilising the residual forces of the former rebel movement and now main opposition party in parliament, Renamo, and reintegrating them into society, has begun.

The municipal elections scheduled for Oct 10 and the general election due in late 2019 are unequivocal fruit of the strengthening of democracy, said the President, who thanked the international community for its support, and called for further assistance with the demobilization of Renamo’s armed force.

Nyusi also said the reform of the UN Security Council would guarantee the continuing relevance of the UN for all peoples. Such reform needed to be accelerated so that the Security Council can face the current challenges of peace and development.

An unequal and fractured world needs multilateralism to overcome its gaps. The United Nations is the mother forum for multilateral dialogue, and the advances achieved so far are unequivocal proof that the sharing of responsibilities is a global imperative, and an essential vector for the building of a peaceful, just and harmonious world, he stressed.

Nyusi added that Mozambique recognizes the role of the UN in promoting dialogue and in defending the principle of peaceful solutions to conflicts which continue to affect peoples and nations. Those conflicts, Nyusi argued, are at the origin of human rights violations, and put the brakes on sustainable development.

He said Mozambique joins other UN member nations in calling for the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States, for the pacification of the Korean peninsula, and for the right to self-determination of the peoples of Palestine and of the Western Sahara.