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"MOZAMBIQUE CANNOT STAY INDIFFERENT TO ZIMBABWE'S SUFFERING" -MOZAMBICAN DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

"MOZAMBIQUE CANNOT STAY INDIFFERENT TO ZIMBABWE'S SUFFERING €

-MOZAMBICAN DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The visiting Zimbabwean civil society delegation to Mozambique yesterday, 28 November, 2012, met with the Mozambican Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Responsible for Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, Dr Henrique Banze.

The delegation shared with the minister that they were intent on convincing the regional leaders to persuade their counterparts in Harare to implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA) fully and institute reforms before the next elections.

Their presentation focused on concerns with regards to election preparedness, possibilities of hi-jacking of the constitution making process by the GPA principals, opaqueness of extraction proceeds of Marange diamonds and the militarisation of diamond mining.

The CSOs appraised the Mozambican deputy foreign minister of the suspected military meddling with civilian political processes ahead of elections.

The delegation also intimated to the minister that they had concerns with regards to the psychological, mental and physical ways in which political violence is manifesting in the country, as well as intimidation and harassment of civil society organisations and leaders.

The Deputy Minister, in his response to the Zimbabwean delegation, thanked the delegation for looking toMozambique in her capacity as chair of SADC and a historic neighbour of the people of Zimbabwe to share their views and recommendations on Zimbabwe. He pledged to convey the messages to the competent authorities including His Excellency the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Dr.   Armando Guebuza.

"We are together, as in the past, and we are confident that in due course Zimbabwe will overcome its difficulties and current challenges. We note the improvement in the attitude of the European Union towards Zimbabwe on measures, and see this as indicative of some progress, € Dr Banze said.

He added that;

"Mozambique is on the side of Zimbabwe and will do its best to help its sister country to improve its political situation. Mozambique cannot stay indifferent to the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe. As caring neighbours we are one and share borders and long history and heritage, if things go bad in Zimbabwe, Mozambique will be negatively affected. €

The minister in his concluding remarks wished the delegation every success in its quest to establish a peaceful atmosphere and stable democracy. He said in conclusion that;

"Peace and stability are the condition cine qua non for economic development. Unless you have political stability, you cannot register economic progress. €

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