The Mozambican peace process in perspective 
Publication date: 
1998
Accord issue: 
3

Mozambique’s churches helped bring about direct negotiations between the Frelimo government and the Renamo that led to the formal ending of the war in 1992. Dínis S. Sengulane and Jaime Pedro Gonçalves describe how, despite the historical tension between the clergy’s association with Portuguese colonialists and nationalist aspirations, a resurgent church advocated dialogue and reconciliation, and based on a position of neutrality, became key mediators between Renamo and the Frelimo government. The clergy harnessed international pressure to urge the parties to resolve the conflict sooner.