“The peace process is entering an important phase, Which is the culmination of the efforts that led to the signing of the Maputo Agreement and the continuation of negotiations and implementation,” said Ambassador Mirko Manzoni, Secretary-General`s Personal Envoy to Mozambique and Head of the Mozambique Secretariat for Peace 6 August 2020 – The U.S. Embassy in Maputo congratulates the Government of the Republic of Mozambique and Renammos on the anniversary signing peace and reconciliation in 2019. This peace agreement and the lasting ceasefire agreement continue to promise a new era without conflict. The U.S. Embassy congratulates President Nyusi and Renamo`s leader, Ossufo Momade, for their continued commitment over the past year to achieving the goals of the ceasefire and the peace agreement. “Effective peace involves eliminating the factors that fuel conflict in the organization of the state, which satisfies everyone, and promoting a better life,” Nyusi said. Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony that gained independence in 1975. Portugal supported the peace negotiations. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, said that African countries were determined to silence their arms by 2020 and that this peace agreement was a concrete element in achieving the continent`s visionary ambition. The peace agreement must mean removing barriers and integrating everyone into the country`s economic and social life, Momade said. France hopes that this agreement will pave the way for the establishment of a lasting peace in Mozambique, for the benefit of its people and its economic and social development.
The peace agreement was signed by President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo`s leader, Ossufo Momade, in peace square, in the presence of the heads of state of african union (AU) countries, the diplomatic corps, the technical contact group and political parties. These two agreements are the result of several years of negotiations to end the sporadic violence that has continued since the end of a bloody civil war in 1992. An estimated one million people died in the 15-year war. Mozambique`s Secretariat for Peace was established in 2017 as an independent operational and administrative support unit to support the implementation of the peace process. The final peace agreement was welcomed by the heads of state and government of African Union countries. “I call on both sides to work in good faith to implement the agreement for the good of all Mozambicans,” Mahamat said. “This agreement proves that we no longer want war between us. We may not agree, but we will use dialogue to resolve our differences,” the president said.
This historic agreement is the culmination of a process that is fully supported by the EU, a member of the international contact group, and its member states.