London (SD) – The G7 nations have issued a joint statement on the situation in Somalia, expressing concern over the timing of the elections.
The G7 nations welcomed the decision of the lower house of parliament to withdraw the extension of the term of the outgoing president, adding that only a resumption of talks could be reached.
“ We welcome Parliament’s 1 May endorsement of a resumption of talks between the Federal Government and Federal Member State leaders aimed at finalizing the electoral model based on the 17 September agreement. We underline our opposition to any further initiatives leading to an extension of prior mandates without broad support from Somali stakeholders and oppose any parallel processes or partial elections.” The G7 said.
The G7 countries have urged Somali leaders to exercise restraint, warning them to take action that could lead to conflict and further setbacks.
“We urge Somalia’s leaders to show restraint and refrain from any further unilateral actions that could escalate political tensions or violence. It is vital that all parties remain calm and protect Somalia’s stability and security. We welcome the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council to appoint a Special Envoy and we stand ready to support these efforts.” The G7 said.
Finally, the G7 nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – have threatened to change their approach to Somalia unless there is a real change in Somali leadership.
“We urge Somalia’s leaders to uphold their responsibilities to the people of Somalia by returning to talks immediately. We ask that they engage in constructive dialogue, find practical solutions and reach consensus on remaining issues. Failure to do so will lead the international community to change its approach to Somalia.” The G7 concluded with their statement.
The G7 statement on Somalia comes at a time when the government has just resumed talks with the country’s stakeholders on the process of the disputed elections.
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