PM urges Renamo to accept offer of dialogue

via PM urges Renamo to accept offer of dialogue – The Zimbabwean 03/03/2016

Maputo (AIM) – Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Wednesday urged Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the rebel movement Renamo, to accept the invitation from President Filipe Nyusi “for a constructive and unconditional dialogue in order to find paths that lead to n effective and lasting peace”.

He was speaking in the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, in response to questioning from deputies about the current politico-military tensions. He recalled that on Tuesday , speaking at the opening of the 2016 judicial year, Nyusi had declared that, despite the resumption of murderous Renamo attacks in the centre of the country, “our determination for the maintenance of effective peace remains unshakeable”.

Rosario stressed that “in any civilized and democratic state, there is no place for armed political parties. Thus the possession of guns by Renamo to blackmail the state and the population and force its rise to power by means of force is contrary to democracy”.

He warned that the illegal possession of weapons, ”disturbing public order and the maintenance of peace, is a situation towards which the defence and security forces must never remain indifferent”.