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Swan visits Garowe and discusses elections with Puntland

Garowe (SD) – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, James Swan, gave details of his meeting with Puntland President Said Deni yesterday.

Swan said his meeting with Deni focused on the importance of strengthening the relations between the Federal Government of Somalia and member states.

“I highlighted the need for constructive compromise between the Federal Government and Federal Member States to reach agreement over implementation of the electoral process. This is in the national interest,” Mr. Swan said.

He also stressed the need for a solution to the disputed elections, and urged all Somali leaders to work together and find ways to resolve the issues, so that a credible electoral process can take place across Somalia.

“We again urge all of Somalia’s leaders to work together and to find ways to resolve outstanding issues, so that a credible electoral process can take place across Somalia, this is a matter of urgency. It is time for leadership by Somalia’s main political actors. It is time for solutions, not more excuses why agreement can’t be reached.” Said Mr. Swan.

During his visit to Garowe, the Special Representative also reviewed the needs of Puntland and how the United Nations can assist.

Finally, he thanked the President of Puntland for his warm welcome, expressed optimism about the situation in the country and pledged to continue the cooperation with the administration and the people of Puntland.

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