AU Chairperson welcomes "historic" peace accord among political actors in Mozambique

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ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Saturday welcomed the latest peace accord that was signed among political actors in Mozambique.

Chairperson of the 55-member pan African bloc has commended in a statement the peace agreement, which was signed among heads of Mozambique's disputed political parties, as "a historic milestone towards silencing the guns in Mozambique."

"Chairperson of the AU Commission welcomes the signing of a peace agreement between the President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, and the leader of the opposition Renamo party, Ossufo Momade, to bring an end to armed hostilities between government forces and the armed wing of RENAMO," an AU statement issued Saturday read.

Faki also called on "all national stakeholders to maintain the positive momentum and redouble their efforts towards durable and sustainable peace, reconciliation and stability in the country."

The AU Chairperson further reiterated the pan African bloc's "continued commitment to support the peace process as well as the government's efforts towards achieving sustainable socio-economic development in the country."

The peace agreement between Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and opposition Renamo party leader Ossufo Momade, which was signed on Thursday towards ending hostilities, also came few days after the AU deployed its pre-election assessment mission to monitor the integrity of Mozambique's upcoming elections on Monday.

The AU's election assessment mission to Mozambique, which comprised of four electoral experts as well as two staff members from the AU Commission, will undertake consultations with key electoral stakeholders in the southern African country from July 29 to August 2, it was noted.

According to the AU, its pre-election assessment mission is mainly expected "to assess the state of preparations for the elections by all stakeholders, including the current political environment."

The general election on Oct. 15 mainly comprised presidential, legislative and provincial votes, which is of a new electoral model resulting from peace talks between the government and the main opposition party Renamo.