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Four intergov’tal organisations urge Somalis to end political standoff

MOGADISHU (SD) – Resolve the ongoing political stalemate and allow the country to hold inclusive elections, Somali leaders were told by the UN and three other intergovernmental organisations.

In a joint statement, UN, African Union, IGAD and EU have expressed serious concern that the political stalemate is impacting negatively on peace, security, stability, and prosperity in Somalia and beyond.

They underscored that the 17September agreement remains most viable path towards the holding of elections in the shortest delay possible.

The statement urged the federal government and the federal member states to review and validate the 16th February 2021 Baidoa Technical recommendations.

They also warned against any parallel process, affirming their decision not to support partial elections or new initiatives leading to any extension of prior mandates.

Remarks of the organisations come barely after Somalia re-affirmed its readiness to hold inclusive elections in the country despite the collapse of the talks between leaders of the federal government and regional states.

In a letter signed by Mohamed Abdirizak, Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, which was a response to comments made by Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States to the United Nations and Security Council President for the month of March, Somalia stated that it would to resolve the current political stalemate on the electoral process.

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