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Renamo ready to make Mozambique peace permanent, Dhlakama says

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Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi and leader of the armed opposition party, Renamo, are currently in daily contact regarding an indefinite end to hostilities, which could be announced as soon as next week, Zitamar News has learned.

The current temporary truce, in place since 27 December 2016, has two weeks to run until it expires on 4 May, having been extended for two months on 4 March 2017. However, Dhlakama told a group of journalists and party members in Chimoio, capital of Manica province, that he is ready to declare an indefinite truce so long as the ruling party, Frelimo, fulfils its part of an unspecified bargain.

The details of ongoing talks between Nyusi and Dhlakama will be made public in due course, Dhlakama said. “A lot of people think that secret accords are being established between me and my brother Filipe Nyusi, but there’s none of that,” he said on Wednesday. “All will be revealed to the public soon.”

Dhlakama remains in hiding in central Mozambique after a one-day siege on his home in the city of Beira in October 2015. He said on Wednesday that he will come out in public again if the government guarantees his safety.

He also confirmed that Renamo will contest 2018’s municipal elections, but said he is not seeking revenge against Frelimo. “This is a moment of reconciliation,” Dhlakama said.

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