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International Partners condemns the renewed violence in Sool

Mogadishu August 27, 2023 (SD) – A joint statement issued by 22 countries and 5 United Nations agencies has condemned and urged an immediate ceasefire in the recent conflict in Las Anod.

“International partners* strongly condemn the escalation of conflict in Laascaanood, including reports of fighting spreading outside the town.” said the international partners.

The conflict has led to casualties, widespread destruction, and displacement of Somaliland troops from Sool region.

The international community’s statement calls for the restoration of peace through dialogue and the adherence to unconditional negotiations.

“We urge all sides to agree to an immediate and unconditional ceasefire. We call for an end to the mobilisation of fighters and to the provision of supplies and armaments. We are deeply concerned about reports of large numbers of detainees and expect those involved to abide by human rights and international humanitarian law, in particular the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

Adding “We reiterate the importance of ensuring unhindered humanitarian access and delivery of assistance to those in need. We urge all parties to refrain from divisive rhetoric. All grievances and tensions should be resolved peacefully and through dialogue.”

This announcement comes after the escalation of the conflict in which Somaliland and Khatumo administrations were involved, accompanied by new initiatives and concerns.

Additionally, the conflict has been accentuated by diplomatic efforts and the engagement of various stakeholders.

The global community’s call for a ceasefire aims to halt the hostilities, prevent further bloodshed, and promote dialogue to find a peaceful resolution to the situation.

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