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Mozambican Defense Minister Salvador M’tumuke said on Monday that defense forces would abide by the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement recently signed by the government and the main opposition party, Renamo.

Part of the agreements is the integration of Renamo residual men into the country’s Defense and Security Forces (FDS).

The minister said this at the opening of the 20th Sector Coordinating Council in Maputo, themed “Defense sector at the forefront of effective peace, national unity and sustainable development”.

“We reaffirm our readiness to vigorously respect the Constitution of the Republic to consolidate the efforts undertaken by the President of the Republic in the pursuit of effective and sustainable peace, the results of which we enjoy by signing the agreements,” said M’tumuke.

The defense minister said the sector remains unconditionally ready to protect the homeland and consolidate national unity.

“The country is experiencing a moment of profound change that demands from the military an interdisciplinary vision and strategic and pragmatic planning to effectively ensure peace, security and development,” he said.

So far, 10 Renamo party men have joined the FDS, and more are expected to be sworn in when the disarmament process is over.

One of the most pressing challenges facing all Mozambicans and the armed forces is the promotion, maintenance and consolidation of peace, because peace is an essential good whose preservation is a supreme state interest, said M’tumuke.

Currently, the Mozambican government has been confronted with attacks by armed men in the north of the country, killing residents and destroying homes.

“We must not at any time, allow peace to be threatened, and the Defense Forces are called to take responsibility,” he said. Enditem

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