Mozambique gov’t, opposition resume talksSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 03/05/2013 6:21 am in World / no comments
MAPUTO, May 2 — Talks between the government of Mozambique and the main opposition Renamo party resumed in the national capital Maputo on Thursday.
The government’s delegation is led by Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco, and the Renamo side is headed by Simion Macuiane, who is senior deputy of the country’s parliament, the Assembly of the Republic.
The negotiations taking place at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center are aimed at discussing Renamo’s demands.
The former rebel movement, which fought against the Frelimo government, is demanding the amendment in the country’s electoral law, the setting up of a new National Elections Commission (CNE), the integration of its former fighters into the army and the police force.
Renamo, led by Afonso Dhlakama, accuses the government of discriminating against its members and sympathizers, and of not honoring the peace agreement the two sides signed in 1992 to end the civil war.
The Mozambican Defense Ministry said in previous talks that it was ready to receive former Renamo fighters.
Renamo says that if the government does not satisfy the party’s demands, it will not take part in this year’s municipal elections and in next year’s presidential elections.