Mozambique celebrates 20 years of peaceListen /
Peace is like a marriage that needs to be nurtured and nourished over a long period of time, says the top United Nations official in Mozambique.
Jennifer Topping, the UN Resident Coordinator, spoke as Mozambique celebrated 20 years of peace after a devastating 16-year civil war.
Ms Topping said Thursday was a day of a lot of celebration and reflection in the country.
" The main message that was coming through from the perspective and from the reflection was that the achievement of peace isn't a moment when there is a moment of breakthrough for a single successful negotiation or negotiation period. It's the result of trust and dialogue and the will of the people and leaders that respond to that and it needs to be nurtured and nourished and worked on for 20 years afterwards like it was a marriage."
In his message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warmly congratulated the Government and people of Mozambique, as they marked 20 years of peace.
He reiterated the United Nations’ commitment to continue working with the Southern African country as it consolidates democracy.