The Southern African Development Community's (SADC) endorsement of troops for Mozambique's restive Cabo Delgado province was welcomed as progress in the nearly three-year conflict. But deploying the much-needed force could see a further delay, analysts say.
At the third extraordinary summit this year to discuss the insurgency in Mozambique, southern African leaders endorsed the recommendation to deploy the SADC Standby Force Mission to Mozambique. Further details were not provided. SADC spokesperson Barbara Lopi said the particulars of the force would be made public once they were finalised.
But analysts warn that a decision could be months in the making, even as insurgents ramp up attacks in the region.