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Switzerland Available to Support Mozambique to Reintegrate Former Renamo Guerrillas

Switzerland Available to Support Mozambique to Reintegrate Former Renamo Guerrillas

On Tuesday, August 29, the President of Switzerland, Alain Berset, expressed his country’s willingness to support Mozambique in the reintegration of former Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) guerrillas, within the scope of the peace agreements signed with the government.

The Swiss statesman demonstrated his openness during a telephone conversation with the Mozambican head of state, Filipe Nyusi, according to a statement issued by the Presidency of the Republic.

“The President of the Swiss Confederation has once again made himself available to do whatever is necessary for the successful settlement of pensions for former Renamo guerrillas,” the document said.

The note also pointed out that activities to establish pensions had begun in Sofala province and that, on August 22 and 23, 277 beneficiaries of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) process, from Nhamantanda, Beira and Dondo, submitted their documentation, emphasizing that the action will be extended to Manica and Tete in September.

The DDR began in 2018, covered 5221 former Renamo guerrillas and ended last June with the closure of the Vunduzi base, located in Sofala’s Gorongosa district. It closed 30 years and eight months after the end of the Mozambican civil war.

The closure of the last base is part of the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement signed between the government, the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo), and Renamo in August 2019 in Maputo.

The agreement was the third signed between the parties, the first two having been violated and resulted in armed confrontation, following the contestation of election results by Renamo, the main opposition party in Mozambique.

At the moment, the reintegration phase is underway, which includes the start of pension payments to the demobilized.

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