Monday, August 14, 2017
Mozambican peace talks.
After three years of intermittent hostilities between the FRELIMO government and the RENAMO opposition movement, Mozambique has been free of serious armed political violence since late December 2016 when President Filipe Nyusi began regular telephone dialogue with RENAMO’s leader Afonso Dhlakama. The government has withdrawn some troops, RENAMO has dropped its immediate political demands and working groups are in place with the aim of drafting the technicalities of an agreement. The two leaders met on August 6 at Dhlakama's redoubt, their first meeting in two years, and pledged to take "final steps" towards a settlement. However, no announcements have been made regarding the next steps, let alone what shape that settlement may take.