The UN Special Envoy for Somalia and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), James Swan, told the Security Council on Tuesday that Somali leaders are holding “welcome relief” in Mogadishu after months of escalating tensions. “”
Swan has indicated that it is “imperative” that an agreement that can be implemented to hold elections in the shortest possible time emerges from this meeting and hopes that this agreement will be announced “immediately” because without it ” and without good “will and the sincerity to implement it, the successes achieved in recent years can be undone, leading to greater instability and uncertainty. “
The UN official recalled the recent political stalemate the country had experienced when talks between the Somali federal government and the leaders of its member states, which began in March, stalled in April when the Somali parliament passed a decree extending the law’s mandate of the President, Mohamed Abdellahi ‘Farmajo’.
Strong resistance to this action led to the mobilization of militias and exposed divisions within the Somali security forces, resulting in violent clashes that jeopardized a larger conflict on April 25.
“Since then, however, Somalia has returned from the brink of this worst scenario,” Swan told the Security Council, recalling that “the spirit of compromise will be of vital importance in the future.”
The country’s Prime Minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, has a roundtable meeting with the President of Puntland, Said Abdulahi Deni. Jubalandia, Ahmed Madobe or Galmadug, Ahmed Abdi Kariye. These meetings have been taking place since Saturday and are now aimed at resolving issues related to the implementation of the September 17 agreement and issues related to the upcoming elections, Swan said.
Finally, the Special Representative in Somalia highlighted that this is a “historic moment” for the country, for which he has called on leaders to find solutions and commit themselves to making progress, since “without it, progress on priorities continues of key nationals are “hindered or worse vice versa” in critical areas, including security, economic and development. “