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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Parliament open sessions calling for peace in Mozambique

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambican parliament opened its session on Monday in Maputo with parliamentary groups of both Frelimo and Renamo calling for a definitive and effective peace agreement in the country.

“The indicators that we registered in the last few months, demonstrate political will for a definitive and effective peace, they are a clear example that it is possible for Mozambicans to reach an effective and long lasting peace through dialogue,” said Veronica Macamo, spokesperson of the parliament.

Macamo saluted Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi for his efforts together with Afonso Dlhakama, leader of main opposition party Renamo, for the truce that allowed Mozambicans to celebrate the festive season in a tranquil environment.

“We appeal all Mozambicans, political parties, civil society organizations, church leaders so that in a diversity environment all can contribute to the restoring of peace in a reconciliation spirit of tolerance and national unity,” said Margarida Talapa, head of ruling party Frelimo parliamentary group.

“There is a need to provide insurance for peace and political stability to Mozambican families, national and international companies. We need to boost our economy, conquer our credibility internally and externally,” said Ivone Soares, head of Renamo parliamentary group.

 

UN Security Council slams recent violence in DR Congo’s Kasai region

UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council strongly condemned the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday, calling for a “credible and impartial investigation.”

The 15-nation UN body expressed grave concern at the recent reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law committed by local militia in the central Kasai region, including unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers, and of killings of civilians by members of the security forces of the DRC, all of which might constitute war crimes under international law.

In a press statement, the council members said the DRC government “bears the primary responsibility to protect civilians within its territory” and urged the government to “constantly exercise maximum restraint and proportionate lawful use of force in its efforts to restore order.”

“They called on the government of DRC to immediately dispatch a credible and impartial investigation and to bring to justice and hold accountable all those responsible,” said the statement.

On Feb. 11, the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) expressed its concern about the persistent conflict in the Kasai provinces where violent atrocities are being committed by the Kamuina Nsapu militia.

The militia is recruiting and using child soldiers while targeting symbols and institutions of State authority, according to a news release issued by MONUSCO, which also cited the disproportionate use of force by government security forces known as FARDC in their response to the situation.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Overflowing river drowns five people in central Mozambique

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambican Authorities announced Wednesday in a press release that five people died and five others were missing after water from a overflowing river washed away a bus which carried them.

The incident happened in the central Manica province on Wednesday. The bus was dragged by waters from Mussapa River and the victims in the bus are all from a local reserve of Chimanimani.

Rescue operations are still in progress. The vehicle carried 21 people but till now only 16 of them have been found. Eleven people were rescued alive and 5 people were found dead.

Authorities said they are still trying to find the five others missing.

Mozambique is in its rainy season, characterized this year by above-normal rains and strong winds. A few rivers have flooded in some provinces.

           

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