SADC LEADERS MEET IN MAPUTO OVER MOZAMBIQUE TERROR THREATS

SADC LEADERS MEET IN MAPUTO OVER MOZAMBIQUE TERROR THREATS

Southern African Development Community Heads of States and Governments met in Maputo today to find a lasting solution to terror attacks in Mozambique.

This is after Double Troika Summit received a report from the Organ Troika on the security 
situation in Mozambique and noted with concern, the acts of terrorism 
perpetrated against innocent civilians, women and children in some of the 
districts of Cabo Delgado Province of the Republic of Mozambique.

The summit condemned 
the terrorist attacks in strongest terms; and affirmed that such heinous attacks 
cannot be allowed to continue without a proportionate regional response.

In view of that, the Double Troika Summit expressed its heartfelt condolences and sympathies to 
the Government and people of the Republic of Mozambique, especially
the bereaved families, on the loss of their loved ones.

In a communique availed by SADC today, the group reaffirmed it's
commitment to restoring peace and development to the Republic of 
Mozambique and promised a team of technical experts to be sent to northern Mozambique to assess the situation and recommend what action should be taken by the group.

This is in addition to convening of an Extraordinary Meeting of the 
Ministerial Committee of the Organ by 28 April 2021 that will report to the
Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit on 29 April 2021.

From the time the insurgency started in 2017, at least 2,600 people have been killed and 670,000 displaced.

This has created a massive humanitarian crisis, according to U.N. agencies.

Today's summit was attended by Head's of States and Governments from Mozambique, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe and The United Republic of  Tanzania was represented by H.E Hussein Alimwinyi, President of the Revolutionary government of Zanzibar on behalf of President H.E. President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Also in attendance was H.E Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax  Executive Secretary of SADC.

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