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Somalia tells UN to back off

Mogadishu (SD) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Government of Somalia sent a written response to a statement made by the Security Council President Linda Thomas-Greenfield on March 31 at the UN Security Council.

“In reference to the statement made on the 31st of March 2021 by the outgoing president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Mrs. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Federal Government of Somalia would like to express its appreciation and gratitude for the sentiments expressed, the long-standing commitment of the Council Members to Somalia’s progress and stability, and their respect for Somalia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence.” said the FGS statement.

The Government response letter to Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Somalia was currently facing challenges posed by the electoral dispute and the government had hoped that the challenges will be resolved through dialogue.

“Somalia has in recent history faced a number of difficult challenges. Nonetheless, we have been able to come together as a nation, engage in constructive dialogue, make necessary compromises and craft innovative solutions to overcome most of these challenges.” the FSG said

In The letter to the Security Council president, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the elections are a matter for Somalis and that the sovereignty of Somalia must be respected.

“The Federal Government of Somalia regards any interference in the process of National Elections by external actors as direct interference into our internal affairs in breach of UN Security Council Resolutions, International Conventions and laws.” said the FSG statement.

The Federal Government of Somalia also called on the Security Council to support Somalia’s independence and unity, and to uphold international law against foreign interference.

“National elections in Somalia, as in any other sovereign nation, remain a national issue deliberated and decided upon by the national institutions of the country as stipulated in Law No. 30 passed by the Parliament. Therefore, we appreciate the UNSC’s unwavering support for
Somalia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence of Somalia.” the FSG said.

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