Mozambican government does not consider asking the UN to send a force of blue helmets to help fight insurgents in Cabo Delgado.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, Verónica Macamo, said this Tuesday that the country does not intend to request, for now, the sending of a United Nations force to help the country to combat jihadist groups in the province of Cabo Delgado . The attacks have already resulted in about 1,000 deaths and 250,000 displaced persons.
“I don’t know, nor do I know if it would in fact be the best practice now, right now, to bring in a United Nations force. I believe that our young people [members of the Defense and Security Forces] who are in the field of operations are working ”, said Verónica Macamo, quoted by Rádio Moçambique.
The head of Mozambican diplomacy acknowledged, however, that the situation in Cabo Delgado is complex. “Terrorism is a very complicated thing, especially we are talking about Cabo Delgado with that relief, with that dense forest”, he assumed.
“We do not think that there are problems of lack of strength or capacity on the part of our young military or police. It seems to us that, effectively, it is the complexity of the terrain, but that they are gaining ground, they are making an effort and we feel that the results are there ”, said the governor.