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Somalia: ‘Prioritize The National Interest’ International Partners Urge, As Political Stalemate Continues


The UN and international partners working to
support a lasting peace and democratic election process
across Somalia, said on Sunday that they were highly
concerned by the current situation there, calling on Somali
leaders to “prioritize the national interest” and
resolve their political impasse.

The African
Union (AU), the European Union (EU); African regional trade
bloc, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development
(IGAD,) and the United Nations, met on Friday, “in light
of the gravity of the ongoing political stalemate in Somalia
over the holding of delayed elections, and the continuing
impasse in dialogue between the Federal Government and some
Federal Member State leaders”, said a joint communique
released following discussions.

The deadline for
holding fresh parliamentary elections expired last December,
and a planned one-person-one-vote presidential election has
been delayed, until leaders can agree a way
forward.

According to news reports, the current
Government led by Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, is no longer
recognized by two of the five states, and his four-year
presidential term has officially ended prior to an agreement
over how to conduct fresh polls.

Respect
unity

Following their deliberations, the
international meeting – where the UN was represented by
Political and Peacebuilding Affairs chief, Rosemary DiCarlo
– reiterated their respect for the “sovereignty,
territorial integrity, political independence and unity of
Somalia”, and called for an immediate return to dialogue,
“to seek compromise on the outstanding issues, and to
ensure that no actions are taken that would undermine the
stability of Somalia, which is critical to the maintenance
of international peace and security.”

The AU, EU,
IGAD and the UN, furthermore underscored that the 17
September Agreement of last year, where the president and
the five regional leaders agreed a revised election model,
“remains the most viable path towards the holding of
elections in the shortest delay possible”.

The
communique urged the Government and the Federal Member State
leaders to review and validate the 16 February 2021 Baidoa
Technical Committee recommendations and “seek agreement
through compromise on any outstanding issues necessary for
rapid electoral implementation”.

Negative
impact

It called on international partners to find
new ways to help leaders reach agreement, and avoid any
“parallel process, partial elections, or new initiatives
leading to any extension of prior mandates”.

The
multilateral bodies expressed serious concern that the
political stalemate, was “impacting negatively on peace,
security, stability, and prosperity in Somalia and
beyond”.

Partners called on Somali leaders to
continue making progress towards State-building and a more
inclusive politics, especially over elections and the path
to a peace transition of power, as soon as
possible.

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