The United Nations Security Council (SC) on Tuesday congratulated Mozambique for its commitment in providing humanitarian assistance to people displaced by terrorism in Cabo Delgado province.
The Swiss President, Alain Berset, whose country chairs the body this May, said the approach used by Mozambique, which consists in the social insertion of the displaced through the implementation of productive actions for self-sustainment, shows the country’s commitment to continue minimizing the impacts caused by the armed conflict.
For his part, the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, thanked the support provided by Switzerland and the solidarity shown following the effects of terrorism.
The statements were made during a high-level open debate of the UN Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Conflict Situations, where Mozambique participated as a guest of honour.
In February, during his visit to the Mozambican territory, Alain Berset reaffirmed the commitment to continue supporting development projects in the country, with special focus on Cabo Delgado.
“I would like to confirm Switzerland’s commitment to the country’s development, particularly with regard to sustainable economic development for the entire population,” Berset said at the time.
The province of Cabo Delgado has been affected by a conflict since 2017 that is terrorising the population. Groups of armed rebels have looted and massacred villages and towns a little throughout the province and a variety of attacks have been claimed by the ‘arm’ of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in that region. The conflict has already caused over 4 000 deaths (data from The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project) and at least a million displaced people, according to an assessment made by the Mozambican authorities.