The former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, defended, this Thursday, that the country must “always cultivate peace”, in contexts such as the current one, characterized by the demonstrations called by the opposition against the results of the municipal elections on October 11th.
“It is always necessary to cultivate peace” to prevent the country from returning to war, due to an electoral crisis, said Joaquim Chissano, speaking to journalists.
The former head of state (1986-2005) was speaking on the sidelines of the annual meeting of AISEC, a global youth organization that prepares young people for leadership roles.
Asked whether the main opposition party’s repudiation of the results of the local elections could lead the country to another armed conflict, Joaquim Chissano stressed that Mozambique needs to be prepared to avoid this scenario.
“Conflict is always managed, we need to be prepared to manage our conflicts”, said the former Head of State, quoted by Lusa.
He pointed to dialogue and solidarity as ways to prevent the outbreak of violence, highlighting the importance of instilling a culture of peace in young people.
“Dialogue is the main weapon for maintaining peace”, he stressed.