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Mozambique: International Mediators Sidelined from Peace Talks

Peace negotiations between Renamo and the Mozambican government experienced a setback last week when government negotiators stated on 7 December that they do not want international mediators to be involved in the discussions over provincial autonomy. The negotiators noted they “do not see the point” of international mediators’ involvement, preferring to “deal with the issue without external influence.” Jacinto Veloso, the chief negotiator for the government side (please see our Personality of the Week), added that the best way to accelerate the process of changing the law on provincial autonomy is to create a “small and flexible group” that is “capable of elaborating the principles that should be followed when it comes to administrative decentralization.”

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