The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) will, on Thursday, hold an Extraordinary Double Troika Summit to deliberate on measures to address terrorism in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region.
In a statement earlier today SADC secretariat spokesperson, Barbra Lopi said the region is deeply concerned with the continued terrorist attacks which have left hundreds of people dead and thousands of others homeless.
Lopi said, “The Extraordinary Double Troika Summit will be preceded by the Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit which will also take place on the 8th of April 2021 as well as the supporting technical meetings on the 7th of April”.
The SADC Double Troika comprises of the SADC Troika member states namely Mozambique (current SADC Chair) Malawi (incoming Chair), Tanzania (outgoing Chair) while the Troika member states comprise of Botswana (current Chair), South Africa (incoming Chair) and Zimbabwe (outgoing Chair).
Lopi said a communique on the outcomes of the Extraordinary Double Troika Summit will be issued at the end of the deliberations.
Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana said, “the attacks in Mozambique are an affront to peace and security, not only in Mozambique but also in the region and the international community as a whole”.
An Islamist armed group linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) has been blamed for the terrorist attacks in Mozambique.
The latest attack by the group on 25 March killed dozens of civilians, wounded many more, and caused mass displacements in the gas-rich town of Palma in northern Cabo Delgado province.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, an estimated 670,000 people were internally displaced in Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula by the end of last year, with more than 570 violent incidents recorded in 2020 alone.