Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi today visited the leader of Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama, at his secret base in the hills of Gorongosa, to discuss the next steps in Mozambique’s peace process.
At the meeting – the first time a Mozambican president has visited Dhlakama in Gorongosa – “the two leaders discussed and agreed on the next steps in the peace process, which they hope will will be concluded by the end of the year,” according to a brief statement from the presidency.
A ceasefire in Mozambique has held since the end of 2016, when the two men agreed by phone to halt the sporadic fighting in central Mozambique that had gone on since late 2015. The cease-fire agreement has since been extended a number of times.
In today’s statement, Nyusi’s office said the two men “agreed that they would maintain their dialogue … with a view to a new meeting, soon, to prepare the final steps.”
Two commissions are currently working to reach agreement on a new political settlement in Mozambique, in response to Renamo’s demands to appoint governors in provinces where it polls highest in elections; and to integrate Renamo military personnel into Mozambique’s armed forces.
Nyusi and Dhlakama also agreed in April to set up a joint group to monitor the withdrawal of government forces from the Gorongosa area.
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