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CPLP: Organisation Supports Fight Against Terrorism in Northern Mozambique

CPLP: Organisation Supports Fight Against Terrorism in Northern Mozambique

The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) today reaffirmed its solidarity with the Mozambican government and people in the fight against terrorism in Cabo Delgado (north) and welcomed the conclusion of the disarmament of Renamo (opposition).

The nine member states of the CPLP, meeting at the 14th conference in the capital of São Tomé, reaffirmed their “solidarity with the Mozambican government and people in the fight against terrorism in the province of Cabo Delgado, and welcomed the support of international partners, especially that provided by member states, with a view to humanitarian assistance, stabilisation of the security situation, recovery and socio-economic development”, reads the final declaration approved today.

The countries also welcome the “conclusion of the process of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of the residual forces of the Mozambican National Resistance [Renamo, the largest opposition party], which will contribute to the consolidation of peace and security in the country”.

The organisation also expressed its solidarity in mitigating the effects of Cyclone Freddy’s passage through Mozambique, which “caused the loss of human lives and destroyed infrastructure and livelihoods”, and reiterated “its commitment to support the national authorities in assisting the affected populations and rebuilding the devastated regions”.

In the same declaration, the nine Portuguese-speaking countries express their “deepest sympathy for the victims of the earthquakes that struck the territories of Turkey, an observer country associated with the CPLP, and Syria”, expressing their “solidarity with the bereaved families and the authorities of the affected countries”.

The ongoing war in Ukraine since February 2022 also deserves the “deep concern” of the CPLP, which calls for “a return to the path of peace and peaceful relations between states, with strict observance of the principles of international law, including respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, self-determination of peoples and the peaceful resolution of conflicts”.

The countries praise the Black Sea Grains Initiative, promoted by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, which “has mitigated food insecurity and the rise in prices of essential goods, which hit the most disadvantaged nations particularly hard”, encouraging “all parties to undertake efforts to resume the initiative”.

Conflicts in Africa are also of “deep concern” to the Lusophone bloc, which congratulates Angola on its mediation role and the Angolan head of state, João Lourenço, as a champion of the African Union in leading peace and reconciliation processes on the continent.

The President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, also deserves a word of congratulations “for the success achieved during his leadership” of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The community also condemns the 26 July coup d’état in Niger and expresses its “full support” for the African Union and ECOWAS in their efforts to resolve the crisis and restore constitutional order, favouring the use of peaceful means.

Finally, it expresses “deep concern about the situation in Myanmar”, repudiating the violence used against civilians, and conveys its full support for the peaceful efforts made to restore constitutional and democratic order.

The CPLP, which includes Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor, is holding its 14th conference of heads of state and government today in São Tomé and Príncipe, under the slogan “Youth and Sustaintability”.

Lusa

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