The European Union says it is ready to support Mozambique in its search for lasting peace and in addressing the current COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the European Council said disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration were key aspects of lasting peace in the African country.
“The Council recalls the importance of the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement signed in August 2019 by the government of Mozambique and RENAMO, the Mozambican National Resistance. While restating its support to the agreement, the Council stresses the importance of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration, as well as effective decentralisation, which are crucial for a long-lasting reconciliation,” the statement read.
Mozambique is still recovering from a bloody 20-year civil war between Frelimo and Renamo that claimed one million lives.
The European Council in its statement also urged Mozambican authorities to bolster security in the Cabo Delgado province, which has recently experienced “deteriorating security and humanitarian situation.”
Regarding the COVID-19 fight the Council said it was ready to support the Mozambican government’s efforts to curb further spread of the disease.
“The EU reiterates its solidarity to Mozambique and stands ready to support the government in its efforts to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health sector, as well as its broader humanitarian, social and economic impact, affecting the people of Mozambique and particularly the poorest and most vulnerable,” it said.
Mozambique is one of 52 African countries that have reported COVID-19 cases. The country has recorded 41 cases according to the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
Continentally, Africa has registered more than 23,000 cases and over 1,100 deaths.