The African Union called for “urgent and coordinated action” after a terrorist attack that claimed dozens of lives in Palma, northern Mozambique. FRELIMO says government forces “have done everything” to restore security.
In a statement released on Wednesday (31.03), the chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat “strongly condemned the terrorist attacks” in Mozambique and called for “urgent and coordinated regional and international action” in response to the “common security threat” caused by “international terrorism” in Cabo Delgado.
“The African Union Commission, through its competent bodies, is ready to support the region and its mechanisms to jointly address this urgent threat to regional and continental peace and security,” he announced.
The South African Development Community (SADC) also held emergency talks in Harare to discuss violence in Mozambique. Mokgweeti Masisi, president of Botswana, promised regional aid, but did not elaborate.
Nyusi minimizes attack in Palma
On Wednesday (31.03), the Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, downplayed the attack carried out a week ago and said that “it was no bigger than others”, despite the unprecedented proximity of the largest investment project in Africa. Dozens of civilians were killed, according to the Mozambican Ministry of Defense.
The Islamic State terrorist movement claimed on Monday (29.03) to control the village of Palma, close to the border with Tanzania and about 25 kilometers from the natural gas project of the multinational Total.
Several countries have offered military support on the ground to Maputo to fight insurgents, but, to date, there has not yet been an opening for that, although there are reports and testimonies that point to the existence of security companies and mercenaries in the area.
SDS “everything has been done” says FRELIMO
The Political Commission of the Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO), a party in power, assured today that the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) “have done everything to ensure the safety and peace of the population” in the face of attacks by armed groups.
In a press release, the ruling party points out that the “attacks and brutality” of armed groups in the province of Cabo Delgado are causing “suffering and drama to the populations.”
“The terrorist attacks have been causing deaths, displaced people and destruction of infrastructure, acts that undermine public order and tranquility”, it is also mentioned in the statement of FRELIMO’s highest decision-making body.
Source | DW
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