International partners condemn outbreak of violence in Somalia – KBC
International partners including the African Union strongly condemned the outbreak of violence in Mogadishu on April 25.
Partners from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the European Union (EU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations have repeatedly warned that the extension of mandates would lead to a political crisis and undermine peace, stability and security. in Somalia.
“Following the violence of April 25, we urge all parties to exercise the utmost restraint, to resume dialogue and to avoid unilateral actions which could lead to further escalation,” they said.
They reaffirmed that the September 17, 2020 agreement remains the only agreed model for the elections and urged the signatories to that agreement to immediately resume talks on that basis.
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“We are particularly alarmed by the emerging fragmentation of the Somali National Army (SNA) along the clans, which undermines its primary task of fighting Al Shabab and protecting the Somali population. The use of security forces for the pursuit of political objectives is unacceptable, ”they declared.
They welcomed the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council to appoint a special envoy and urged this high-level representative to arrive in Mogadishu to begin his work as soon as possible.
“We are ready as partners to extend our support to this Envoy. In the meantime, we continue our efforts to bring the parties together as we reaffirm our respect for the sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and independence of Somalia, ”they said.
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