Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Tuesday, November 16, 1999 Published at 06:22 GMT


World: Africa

Queen's praise for Mozambique

The Queen and President Chissano shelter from the sun at Maputo airport

The Queen has praised Mozambique's move from civil war to peace at a state banquet in the capital Maputo before flying home to Britain.

She said the country was an example to other African states and strife-torn nations elsewhere in the world.

"The recognition by all parties that it was only through peace that there could be any prospect for resolving differences, and Mozambique's commitment to reconciliation and democracy, offer a valuable lesson to countries in Africa and elsewhere still riven by conflict," she said.


[ image: President Chissano: Campaigning for re-election]
President Chissano: Campaigning for re-election
"Mozambique is now one of Africa's success stories.

"It has been able to emerge from the fires of internal conflict through solidarity with its neighbours, with other states across this great continent of Africa, and with its new found Commonwealth friends around the world."

On her last, and shortest stop of the tour, the Queen was greeted by a political rally at the country's International Airport.

As she and the Duke of Edinburgh stepped from their plane, they were cheered by a 1,000-strong crowd wearing Frelimo T-shirts and waving "vote Joaquim Chissano" posters.

Frelimo is Mozambique's ruling party, and Chissano its president. He is currently campaigning for re-election in three weeks' time.

The crowd played cowhide drums and xylophones, and danced and sang as the Queen walked onto the tarmac. She was also greeted by a 21-gun salute.


The BBC's Nicholas Witchell: "Mozambique is the only member never to be ruled by Britain"
"She is a good person and she helps my country. I'm happy to see her," said Felicidade Magaic, one of the crowd at the airport.

The Queen was met by President Chissano, and in sweltering midday heat the two inspected a guard of honor and shook hands with a line of dignitaries.

The British monarch, who wore a turquoise and blue silk floral print dress and matching hat, was then driven from the airport in a white Rolls-Royce.

At 10 hours 40 minutes, the Mozambique stop was the shortest on the Queen's three-nation African tour, during which she also visited Ghana and South Africa, where she opened the Commonwealth summit in Durban.

After the official welcome, the Queen opened a week-long British trade exhibition and held separate meetings with President Chissano and opposition leader Alphonso Dhalakama.

The independent republic joined the Commonwealth four years ago, despite never having been under British rule.

It was the Queen's first state visit to the former Portuguese colony, which is recovering from 16 years of bloody civil war.

British High Commission spokesman Andrew Bowes said the visit was a gesture of support for the poverty-stricken, but fast-growing, democracy.

"It is a very good opportunity for the United Kingdom to demonstrate to Mozambique that we have a lot of faith in her potential," he said.

BBC correspondents in Africa say the visit is widely seen as a belated signal of appreciation for the country's efforts to help bring democracy to its neighbours, South Africa and Zimbabwe.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©




Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia



Relevant Stories

13 Nov 99 | Africa
Prince Philip honours Boer War dead

11 Nov 99 | Africa
Township welcome for Queen

11 Nov 99 | Africa
Queen's regret over Boer War

10 Nov 99 | Africa
Picture gallery: South Africa salutes the Queen

10 Nov 99 | Africa
Queen welcomed to South Africa

10 Nov 99 | UK
Fit for a Queen

08 Nov 99 | Africa
Picture gallery: Thousands greet the Queen

08 Nov 99 | UK
Ghana welcomes Queen

08 Nov 99 | Africa
Xhosa demand apology from Queen





Internet Links


Mozambique News Agency

African Studies: Mozambique

The British Monarchy

New Africa: Mozambique Gateway


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Dam builders charged in bribery scandal

Burundi camps 'too dire' to help

Sudan power struggle denied

Animal airlift planned for Congo

Spy allegations bug South Africa

Senate leader's dismissal 'a good omen'

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Zimbabwe constitution: Just a bit of paper?

South African gays take centre stage

Nigeria's ruling party's convention

UN to return to Burundi

Bissau military hold fire

Nile basin agreement on water cooperation

Congo Brazzaville defends peace initiative

African Media Watch

Liberia names new army chief