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Mozambique: Borrell cancels visit

Brussels 31.01.2022 The visit to the EU top diplomat Josep Borrell to Mozambique was cancelled due to positive COVID19 test of one of the delegation members. Following medical advice as the head of delegation Borrell decided to return to Brussels.

However Borrell had telephone conversations with the President of the Republic of Mozambique Filipe Jacinto Nyusi to express his regrets, and also with the Ministers, including the Minister of National Defence Cristóvão Artur Chume, and Foreign Affairs Minister Verónica Macamo Dlhovo the European External Actions Service spokesperson (pictured) confirmed.

However on Sunday, January 30, Charles Fries, Deputy Secretary General in charge of the Common Security and Defence Policy & Crisis Response who has been this weekend in Mozambique met the Minister of Defence General Chume and visited the EU training camp in the Katembe.

On 30-31 January, High Representative Borrell planned to travel to Mozambique to meet with President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi and Foreign Minister Verónica Macamo Dlhovo. The EU top diplomat programme included the talks on the EU-Mozambique cooperation, the implementation of the Maputo Peace and Reconciliation Accord, the work of the EU military training mission in Mozambique (EUTM Mozambique) and the EU integrated approach to address security challenges in Cabo Delgado and surrounding provinces.

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, visited Kenya on 28-29 January and planned to visit Mozambique on 30-31 January.

This visit to Africa comes ahead of the sixth EU – AU Summit in Brussels on 17-18 February, attended by the leaders of the European Union and African Union Member States.

Mozambique elections with «democratic aspirations» 

“The historic Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in Maputo on 6 August was an inspiration to the outside world: the electoral process which has followed is a real test of the readiness of Mozambique’s political actors and institutions to maintain and protect the freedoms and rights which will help to bring the benefits of the peace to citizens’ says the text of the statement of the spokesperson of the the European External Actions Service on General and provincial elections in Mozambique.

“The elections demonstrated clearly the democratic aspirations of Mozambicans, despite the challenges of the polarised environment. At the same time, amongst the first findings of the EU Election Observation Mission are that the election campaign was marked by violence, including attacks and intimidation, and by limitations on freedom of assembly and civil society observation activities. The Mission will stay on the ground until the electoral process is completed before issuing its final report” says the text of the Statement by the Spokesperson on the General and Provincial elections in Mozambique

“Looking ahead, the EU expects stakeholders to channel any electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms in line with the relevant electoral laws. Election authorities should ensure a transparent process of tabulation and the judicial authorities should effectively address possible complaints and appeals.

“The European Union is ready to work closely together with the elected government on implementing political and economic reforms, and to support the peace agreement and post-cyclone reconstruction”.

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Meanwhile local observers, presenting non-profit NGO, reported around 300 000 *ghost voters” only in the south province of Gaza, where the names of the registered voters could not be traced to any identities of real people.

Former Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said the Commonwealth’s observer mission “remained concerned about the impact” of the suspected ghost voters on the election.

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Decisive elections in Mozambique. North-South differences persist. New factors: gas perspectives make the country a new scenario for the “Great Game” (USA-Russia-China). Violent movements in the north” wrote in his Twitter micro blog MEP José Manuel García-Margallo, leading EU observation mission to Mozambique.

The results of the elections has not been announced yet, however they are expected to put to test the fragile peace deal between the ruling Frelimo Party and its civil war enemy, turned opposition rival Renamo.

The European Union observation mission reported unfair conditions, and unjustified use of state resources by the ruling party, the elections were also plagued by widespread violence.