Mozambican main opposition party closes military base – UN envoy


The main opposition party in Mozambique, Renamo, has officially closed its first military base in Sofala Province as part of the demobilization, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) process, Mirko Manzoni, the personal envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to Mozambique, announced in a statement Saturday.

A well-equipped inspection team including members representing Mozambican government, Renamo and the International Community, set out on foot from Dondo Administrative Post in Sofala to inspect the Renamo base two and half hours away in the vicinity, reads the statement.

“Today, I am pleased to report that within the scope of resumed DDR activities, the first Renamo military base was officially closed,” said the envoy in the statement, considering it as “a significant advance in the process”.

Manzoni said the inspection team found that the base was clear of all personnel, weapons or ordnance, and otherwise dangerous materials.

“All ex-combatants from the base are now home and starting their new lives and for the communities in the area it marks a return to peace,” said Manzoni in the statement.

The envoy said works will be continued until all bases are closed and a definitive peace is secured. Enditem

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