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Washington - The United States on Wednesday voiced concern at the political unrest in Mozambique, urging all sides to work together to overcome their differences.
The former Renamo rebels declared Tuesday that a 1992 peace deal is over, although they later reaffirmed that they do not want a return to war.
“We're very concerned about that announcement,” US Assistant Secretary for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in a conference call with reporters.
“Mozambique is a country that has been moving forward in a very positive way and we hope that that continues.”
She added that the announcement by the rebels was “a setback, but I believe it's only a temporary setback and hopefully we can move forward from here.”
Two days of tit-for-tat violence since Renamo's announcement have raised fears the country could plunge back into civil war, two decades after the end of one of Africa's bloodiest conflicts in which around a million people were killed.
Peace in the country had benefited everyone in the country, Thomas-Greenfield said, and the United States wanted to “encourage” the rebels, who have members within the legislature, “to work towards peaceful solutions to their concerns with the government.”
“There is a way of doing that and we're encouraging the government also to be prepared to work with Renamo,” she added.