FROM: THE STATE DEPARTMENT
U.S. Commends Mozambique for Agreement To End Hostilities
Secretary of State
September 5, 2014
The United States congratulates the people of Mozambique for the agreement reached to bring an end to hostilities between the government of Mozambique and Renamo forces.
President Armando Guebuza and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama demonstrated statesmanship by publicly endorsing the agreement and signing a Memorandum of Understanding today. This agreement underscores the power of negotiation and the possibilities for peace when a political leadership is committed to dialogue. The people of Mozambique demand and deserve a more peaceful, prosperous, and secure future. This agreement is a historic step forward along that path.
The United States encourages the Government of Mozambique and Renamo to ensure full implementation of the agreement and to continue to use dialogue as a tool for reaching political consensus. Free, fair, and transparent national elections in October are a critical next step, which will help pave the way for a brighter, democratic future for Mozambique.
The United States stands in partnership with Mozambique as it continues on its remarkable journey. We celebrate this important milestone along with friends of Mozambique around the world and extend our best wishes for a future of peace, prosperity, and progress.