The Conflict with Renamo, 1976-1992
«July 1992»

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September Blank


149. Elite Renamo Troops Trained in Morocco?

King Hassan of Morocco

Above: King Hassan II of Morocco, pictured in the early 1980s. In the 1980s, Mozambique took a strong position against the Moroccan claim to the territory of Western Sahara, which had been a Spanish colony from 1884 to 1976. Mozambique supported the positions of the Polisario Front, a Saharwi liberation movement, accusing Morocco of colonial ambitions. Morocco left the OAU in 1984 over the issue, which remains in dispute. Photo: Dutch National Archives.

The news-sheet Mediafax claimed in a report that an "elite commando unit" of Renamo fighters had been trained in Morocco in preparation for an attempted seizure of power, and that recent ambushes on the road to Swaziland were the work of these units. The report was picked up in the South African press as well. Meanwhile, President Joaquim Chissano presented F. W. de Klerk with evidence that the South African armed forces (the SADF) were continuing to provide support to Renamo unofficially. At a press conference, de Klerk dismissed the accusation as nonsense.


Consolidated Downloadable Zipped Files

Click on the yellow folder image below to download an unsorted zipped archive of documents and press clippings in PDF format concerning the armed conflict between Renamo/MNR and the Mozambican government in July 1992.

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