Cabo Delgado, 20 December, 2020 / 12:15 pm (ACI Africa).
Exploitation of natural resources is the cause of the crisis in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba, the Local Ordinary, Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa has said.
In a Wednesday, December 16 report, Bishop Lisboa calls on Portugal to table a debate in the European Union (EU) to discuss the exploitation of natural resources.
“The conflicts in the Cabo Delgado region have their origins in the costs of exploiting natural resources,” Bishop Lisboa has been quoted as saying during a webinar promoted by Catholic Church organizations in Portugal.
Making reference to the three-year violence in Cabo Delgado Province, the Bishop adds, “Economic motivations are, in the very first place, at the origin of the conflicts. Religious extremism is also an important element, but not the main one, since wars have taken place where there are many natural resources.”
Addressing about 250 participants in the conference, Bishop Lisboa called on Portugal, which will assume the EU Council Presidency in January 2021, to spearhead the discussion about the worldwide exploitation of natural resources.