Zuma welcomes Moz peace deal

2014-09-09 05:00

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Monday welcomed the signing of a peace agreement between Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and Renamo, the international relations and co-operation department said.

Guebuza and Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the opposition party, signed the peace deal on Friday, ending a two-year conflict.

"President Zuma commended President Guebuza and the Renamo leader for their commitment to the principles of democracy by signing the agreement, thereby setting aside political differences and ensuring full participation by Mozambicans in the 15 October 2014 presidential, parliamentary and regional assembly elections," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

Agence France-Presse reported that for two years government forces and fighters loyal to Dhlakama have clashed. The rebel leader had accused the state of reneging on a peace deal that ended Mozambique's 1977-1992 civil war.

The agreement would see the integration of Renamo fighters, estimated at a few hundred, into the army and police force.

  • Bongani Nkosi - 2014-09-09 05:34

    It is a great step taken by the two leaders for the sake of Mozambicans, hope even after the incoming elections peace will be restored in the territory.

  • Rui Obed Muchenga - 2014-09-09 05:36

    Go Mozie

  • Rodrigues Tembe - 2014-09-09 06:01

    Good news indeed. Hope the upcoming elections are transparent and fair and that the outcomes are accepted by all participants, which will allow the much needed peace, democracy and development in the country to flourish.

  • Djochiem Maartens - 2014-09-09 06:43

    Can our president please stop worrying about other countries and focus on our own??

  • Dhlamini Reddyd - 2014-09-09 06:47

    Good ti bring stabilityin the continent,I. wish people will refrain from negative/reckleess comments,like Zuma this,Zuma that,we are enough about this.Grow up and build a united Soutth Africa and Africa at large.

  • tony.becker.961 - 2014-09-09 12:20

    Boozuma a doesn't even know where Moz is

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