The government of Mozambique today [Wednesday] reiterated support for the efforts of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau, José Ramos-Horta, to bring peace to that country and argued that a lasting solution must be found internally. Mozambican Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina made the statement at the opening of the 14th meeting of defense ministers of the Community of Portuguese-Language Countries (CPLP) in Maputo.

“We reiterate our support to the former President of East Timor José Ramos-Horta in the efforts to achieve peace and in pursuit of stability in Guinea-Bissau,” said Vaquina.

“A sustainable and lasting solution” to the issue of Guinea-Bissau “can only be found internally,” added the Prime Minister, who expressed the hope that the country would return as soon as possible to the CPLP fold. Guinea-Bissau is absent from the meeting, which brings together all CPLP ministers of defense or their representatives.