Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Mozambican Prelate Visits U.S. Seeking Peacekeepers

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Mozambican Prelate Visits U.S. Seeking Peacekeepers

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NEW YORK -- A Mozambican church leader's appeals for enhanced international peacekeeping action in his southern African nation received words of sympathy but no tangible pledges of support, during visits to New York and Washington last week.

Archbishop Jaime Goncalves urged a rapid increase in the U.N.'s minimal Mozambican peacekeeping presence in meetings with senior U.S. and U.N. officials. His four-day visit ended Feb. 20.

Goncalves fears his country may become "another Angola" unless the U.N. acts fast, he told NCR. Angola plunged back into civil war after U.N.-supervised elections last year, when losing presidential candidate Jonas Savimbi moved to grab with the bullet the power he failed to win with the ballot.

"The danger in Africa," Goncalves said, "is that when they have elections people forget the principles of society -- of peace, freedom and a democratic atmosphere -- because they all want to win."

At the U.N., Goncalves delivered his message to Under Secretaries-General Jan Eliasson (humanitarian affairs) and James Jonah (African operations). He told them that the U.N. must send military observers to supervise demobilization and keep the peace during elections planned for later this year. The U.N. officials expressed sympathy, but told him they lack the money needed to expand their presence.

In Washington, Goncalves met with Assistant Secretary of State for Africa-designate George Moose and other senior Africa policy officials. …

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