Security Council Expresses Concern on Political Crisis in Somalia

The UN Security Council has expressed its concern at the ongoing political crisis in Somalia, its negative effect on delivery of progress for the Somali people and its impact on peace and stability.

This is contained in a statement issued by the 15-Member Council on Friday in New York.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that on Feb. 4, the Council was briefed by Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, and the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Amb. Maman Sidikou.

In the statement, they recalled the press statement of Dec. 10, 2014′ in which the Council stressed that swift and sustained restoration of political stability is vital.

They encouraged greater efforts from all of Somalia’s political leadership, including the President, PM and Parliament, to work together to establish quickly an inclusive and representative government.

The Council urged the new government, once formed, to accelerate delivery of the milestones of the Federal Government’s “Vision 2016” and in this context, stressed the importance of establishing the National Independent Electoral Commission without further delay.

The members of the Council re-emphasised the importance of Somalia’s leaders, including the new government, the President and Parliament, developing effective mechanisms to prevent prolonged political crises in the future.

The Council underscored their determination to continue to support all international efforts aimed at ending the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and creating a conducive atmosphere for peace building and sustainable development in Somalia.

The Council underlined their resolute support for the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia.

They also recalled their significant support to the people and Federal Government of Somalia, in a sustained and integrated approach, including through the UN Assistance Mission (UNSOM) and to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The Council reiterated its full support to both Kay and Sidikou, as they continue to deliver their respective mandates.

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