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U.S. Deeply Concerned by Escalating Violence in Mozambique
October 31, 2013

U.S. Deeply Concerned by Escalating Violence in Mozambique

Political Violence in Mozambique
Press Statement

Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 31, 2013

The United States is deeply concerned by escalating violence between armed members of the opposition party Renamo and the Mozambican Armed Forces. We are troubled by the confrontations in Sofala province, and the expansion of clashes beyond that region. We condemn the use of violence to address political differences and call on all parties to immediately end the hostilities and take decisive and visible steps to de-escalate growing tensions. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the reprehensible attacks on innocent civilians and offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones.

We welcome previous public statements by representatives of the Mozambican government and Renamo calling for peaceful and constructive dialogue and urge the parties to actively pursue such talks to secure a lasting peaceful solution. The United States continues to encourage an environment of open political space to promote the full participation by all parties in democratic institutions and processes.

The United States remains an advocate for peace and prosperity in Mozambique. We stand by the Mozambican people, who know the value and importance of peace. For the past two decades, Mozambique has set itself on the path to a promising future, with increasing prosperity through opportunity, growth, and investment, all of which depend on peace, security, and inclusive governance.