Mozambique Peace Talks On Pause as Mediators Decry Obstacles

Talks between Mozambique’s government and the main opposition party seeking to end violent clashes were suspended again as international mediators decried a lack of understanding among the groups.

The ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique and opposition Renamo, which has a loyalist militia, had resumed discussions in the capital, Maputo, on Wednesday after the first round of talks broke down at the weekend. The parties will now reconvene in about 10 days, according to European Union mediator Mario Raffaelli.

“We urge the two sides to seriously consider proposals,” Raffaelli told reporters in the city. “We want to make an appeal to the parties that the first major concern of the Mozambican people is peace.” He didn’t specify what the impasse was and mentioned logistical difficulties, without elaborating.

Considered a success story since a 16-year war ended in 1992 and the discovery of one of the world’s biggest gas fields, Mozambique is now struggling with a debt crisis and rising political tensions.

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