Mozambique’s president and opposition leader ratified a peace deal earlier this month that ends two-years of low level conflict throughout the country. President Armando Guebuza and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama demonstrated statesmanship by publicly endorsing the agreement, and the United States congratulates them and the people of Mozambique for working to bring hostilities in the Southern African nation to an end.
This agreement underscores the power of negotiation and the possibilities for peace when a political leadership is committed to dialogue. The Renamo leader and his political supporters went into hiding in late 2012 after accusing the government of breaking the terms of a 1992 peace settlement that ended a bitter 17-year long civil war. Mr. Dhlakama will stand as a candidate for president in elections set for October 15. President Guebuza, who heads the ruling Frelimo Party, is stepping down after two terms.
The people of Mozambique demand and deserve a more peaceful, prosperous and secure future. This agreement is a historic step forward along that path.
The United States encourages the Government of Mozambique and Renamo to ensure full implementation of the agreement and to continue to use dialogue as a tool for reaching political consensus. Free, fair, and transparent national elections in October are a critical next step, which will help pave the way for a brighter, democratic future for Mozambique.
We support Mozambique and highlight this important milestone as it continues on its remarkable journey toward peace and prosperity.