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EU Training Mission operational in Mozambique to support local forces capacity in fighting terrorism

04.11.2021

The aim of the EUTM Moçambique is to train and support the Mozambican armed forces in protecting the civilian population and restoring safety and security in the Cabo Delgado province.

 

The European Union Training Mission in Mozambique (EUTM Mozambique) was launched simultaneously in Katembe, Maputo province, and in Chimoio, in Manica, marking the official start of its operations of supporting Mozambican armed forces respond to the extremist violence in Cabo Delgado province, by providing them with training and capacity building.

For th two-year mission, around 140 military personnel from 10 European countries are stationed in both Katembe and Chimoio training centres and will train over 1.100 Mozambican officials.

 Both the Ministers of Defence of Mozambique and Portugal participated at the launch, and on the EU side were the Deputy Director of MPCC, Major-General Herminio Maio and the EUTM Force Commander Brigadier-General Nuno Lemos Pires. Mozambique's Defence Minister Jaime Neto welcomed EU openness and praised EU – Mozambique bilateral links and the support provided by the EU and the Member States to effectively address the humanitarian and security challenges in Cabo Delgado.

The participants at the launch praised the close links between the EU and Mozambique and commitment to coordinate actions to materialize EU´s integrated approach in Cabo Delgado, which also includes the development component.  

EUTM Mozambique will contribute to the EU's integrated approach to Cabo Delgado, together with peacebuilding, conflict prevention and dialogue support, humanitarian assistance and development cooperation, as well as the promotion of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

The security and humanitarian situation in the Cabo Delgado province has been continuously and seriously deteriorating since 2017, which led to the internal displacement of more than 800 000 people and over 3000 deaths.

To note that the launch of the EUTM Moçambique coincided with the visit of the joint EU – ACP parliamentary mission, led by the EU MP Carlos Zorrinho, which visited an accommodation camp in Metuge, Cabo Delgado, for families displaced because of the extremist violence, and interacted with the provincial authorities, namely the Governor and the State Secretary. The EU – ACP mission was an opportunity to reinforce parliamentary dialogue and cooperation between the EU, the ACP, and the Mozambican Parliament.