14 November 2012

Zimbabwe: War in Mozambique Must Be Averted

Photo: African Elections Project
File Photo: Former rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama.

press release

The Standing Committee of the MDC met in Harare today, the 14th of November 2012 and among other things reviewed the situation in Mozambique.

The MDC is extremely worried about the political and security developments in Mozambique especially the possibility of another civil war in that country. Since the end of the very debilitating civil war which lasted sixteen years, Mozambique embarked on an admirable path towards economic development. That standard of living of the people of Mozambique improved considerably during this time of peace and that can never be disputed.

The MDC unequivocally supports the people of Mozambique and their right to leave in peace and harmony. We therefore urge, the political leadership of Mozambique especially Frelimo and Renamo to put the interests of the Mozambican people first and resolve their political differences in a peaceful manner.

The war in Mozambique will bring untold suffering for the people of Mozambique and beyond. Further, it will reverse all the economic, social and political gains that have been made so far. We urge the international community especially SADC and the African Union to deal with the disturbing developments in Mozambique as a matter of urgency. We urge all the people of Zimbabwe especially the political parties to set aside their political differences and support the peace efforts in Mozambique.

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