By Paul Fauvet
Maputo - Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, stormed out of a meeting with President Joaquim Chissano this week, thus breaking off the dialogue between the two men that began in December.
Chissano told reporters that when, after five hours of discussion, Dhlakama left the room, he handed the president a letter, "which shows that he was already prepared to break off the talks".
The key disagreement was over the appointment of provincial governors, with Dhlakama insisting that Renamo nominate governors for the six provinces where Renamo won a majority of votes in the 1999 general elections.
Dhlakama had proposed that, if a constitutional amendment to this effect was not possible, Chissano should use his existing presidential powers to appoint governors suggested by Renamo.