Mozambique peace hope

ROME (Reuter) - President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique told South Africa yesterday he was sure a meeting with a Mozambican rebel leader would be enough to save a threatened peace deal. South African diplomats said Mr Chissano had assured their Foreign Minister, Pik Botha, a settlement to end 16 years of civil war could still be signed in Rome in the next few days despite a last-minute change of heart by the rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama.

Mr Dhlakama, leader of the Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO), said earlier this week he would not sign an accord as planned. .