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Somalia: IGAD Welcomes proposed dialogue, in a evasive statement

Djibouti (SD) – A statement issued by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) called on all of Somalia’s stakeholders to come together for dialogue, in order to reach a political understanding on of the contentious issues.

” IGAD welcomes the proposed initiative to reopen dialogue among the Somali stakeholders to resolve the ongoing political impasse. Dialogue is an important process that provides space for confidence and trust building, and, is an essential prerequisite for comprehensive settlement of all outstanding issues.”

Highlighting the need and the importance of dialogue among Somalis “IGAD encourages all stakeholders to give the new initiative a chance, and re-engage in an open, frank and constructive dialogue in the best interest of the people of Somalia and with a view to unlocking the political statement. IGAD reiterates that dialogue remains the best option for national cohesion, inclusive politics, peace building, reconciliation, human security and stability.”

Adding “IGAD strongly urges all Somali leaders to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any actions that will further escalate tensions or lead to confrontation; and in this regard, calls upon all stakeholders to prioritize dialogue in their political aspiration.”  

The IGAD statement did not address the countries disputed election process, especially the recent two year extension of the government’s mandate.

The intergovernmental body’s statement concluded with a vague commitment to help Somalis “IGAD values the important role of multilateral engagements in enhancing political cohesion and reconciliation, and to this end, stands ready to avail its good offices to support the proposed African Union initiative. Further, IGAD will continue to support the people of Somalia in their quest for peace, democracy and stability.”

IGAD’s statement follows a request from the Somali government to the African Union for assistance in dialogue with the opposition.

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