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EU and AU pressure Somalis to solve their differences

ADDIS ABABA (SD) – European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) have pressed Somali political stakeholders to end their differences through dialogue amid political uncertinity in the horn of Africa nation.

In a statement, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat urged Somali leaders to work constructively together to resolve the political differences that have led to the present electoral and political impasse.

Faki acknowledged that the recent Dhusammareb consultations have made progress on a number of contentious points but did not reach agreement on the remaining issues.

“It is therefore, imperative that the political leadership reach consensus on these outstanding issues in order to allow for the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections without much delay,” the statement reads in part.

In a separate statement, the European Union said It is crucial that all participants continue to engage constructively to agree on the implementation of a national electoral process.

“Political leaders should continue their efforts on the implementation of the 17 September agreement. Any parallel or partial process or an extension of the current mandate of the institutions, which is not technical in nature would be considered as a severe setback,” he said.

The statement noted that the current political stalemate is damaging the confidence of the European Union in the progress of Somalia.

EU said President Farmajo and the leaders of Federal Member States are needed to resolve the political deadlock that threatens Somalia’s future and conduct elections as soon as possible.

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