EU allocates € 60 million to implement Mozambique peace agreement
London, August 7, 2019 (AltAfrica)-“The European Union has allocated €60 million to support the implementation of the Agreement,” said Federica Mogherini, European Union Commissioner for Foreign Policy, at Praça da Paz in Maputo city adding that the European Union “stands ready to provide further support” to ensure the successful implementation of the agreement.
“I am confident that support for building local communities, implementing the decentralisation process, supporting democratisation and promoting long-lasting reconciliation can also promote the conditions for today’s achievements to be sustained,” she said.
In her speech yesterday afternoon, Frederica Mogherini commended “the unwavering determination and statesmanship shown by President Filipe Nyusi, by Renamo’s leader Ossufo Momade and by his predecessor the late Afonso Dhlakama,” pointing out that “their continued leadership and the commitment of both parties and of all stakeholders, with the unflinching support of the international community, will remain crucial.”
She said that the Mozambican government and Renamo had a responsibility to make peace work and ensure that Mozambican citizens benefited from the signing of the definitive agreement.
“You can count on the European Union to continue to be at your side as you build peace. Peace is a living project that needs to be built every single day. The European Union stands ready to provide further support – using all the tools at our disposal – to ensure the successful implementation of the agreement, built on an inclusive process both across society and across the whole territory of the country.”
Stressing that the European Union had “actively supported the peace process in all its different phases and dimensions”, Mogherini said yesterday: ” I wanted to be present at the ceremony today not only to congratulate the parties on their achievement but to give a signal that the EU commitment to making a success of this agreement extends also into the future.”
Mogherini also stressed that the European Union has a responsibility to support Mozambique at this historic moment. “As the South African president said, from tomorrow you will not be alone, we will be here to support you.”
The EU foreign policy head noted that “the signature of a definitive and comprehensive Peace and Reconciliation Agreement by the government and the opposition Renamo delivers a message of hope well beyond the borders of Mozambique.”
“In a world full of conflicts, where everything seems to be going in the wrong direction, Mozambique is giving us hope; Africa is giving us hope,” she said.