The Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) has rejected out of hand the latest peace proposals form the new Portuguese Government.
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Background: The Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) has rejected out of hand the latest peace proposals form the new Portuguese Government. The Frelimo leader, Mr. Samora Machel, announced his organisation's decision at the summit meeting of the Organisation of African Unity in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Thursday (13 June).
The peace package from portugal included the offer of a referendum in the civil war-torn African territory and the pledge of self-determination.
Mr. Machel said the proposals might have been appropriate 11-years ago, before the people of Mozambique took up arms against Portugal. Now, he said, they were insults. "You can't ask a slave if he wants to be free, particularly when he has already revolted."
The Frelimo leader said conditions were favourable for the destruction of Portuguese colonialism in Mozambique, which he described as "the most decadent and corrupt form of foreign domination." He said the people of Mozambique -- from all walks of life - supported the Frelimo aims and wanted independence. The determination s was forged "in clandestine battle, in suffering and torture, in prisons and in concentration camps."
Mr. Machel said the current dialogue between the Portuguese Government and Frelimo could develop into proper negotiations only when Lisbon recognised Mozambique's right to total and absolute independence. He said Portugal would also have to recognise Frelimo as the legitimate representative of the Mozambique people.
SYNOPSIS: Portugal's latest peace proposals for the African territory of mozambique were highlighted during the Organisation of African Unity's summit meeting in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Thursday.
The leader of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), Mr. Samora Machel, rejected the proposals out of hand. He said the portuguese proposals - which include a referendum and the pledge of self-determination -- were insults to the people of Mozambique.
Mr. Machal described Portugal's policies in Mozambique as "the most decadent and corrupt forms of foreign domination", and he claimed conditions were now favourable for their destruction. The guerrilla leader said constant work by Frelimo had alerted the masses to the justice of their cause and their battle against the Portuguese. Although the territory was still under military occupation, " the manifestations" in all urban centres had demonstrated the solidarity of the Mozambique people.
Without distinction, the people - of all races, ethnic groups, religious beliefs and social origins - were demanding national independence and total adherence to the principles and programmes of Frelimo. Mr. Machel said the determination and unity was forged in clandestine battle, in suffering and in torture, in prison and in concentration camps". He said the ten-year guerrilla war, directed by Frelimo, had strengthened the determination and unity of the Mozambique people against "colonialist aggression." Later in his speech, Mr. Machel referred to the dialogue now under way between Frelimo and the Portuguese Government.
He said it could not develop into proper negotiations until Portugal recognised Mozambique's right to total and absolute independence. He added that Frelimo would also have to be recognised as the Mozambique people's legitimate representative.