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International and regional urge for Somali leaders to resolve the political deadlock

Mogadishu | Times Of Sudan

The United Nations and three other organizations urged the Somali leaders to resolve the current political deadlock, in another demand from the international community, with the continuing differences on the issue of elections.

The statement of the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and the regional bloc “IGAD” came just two days after the Somali government condemned the foreign interference.

The four organizations expressed their “grave concern over the political stalemate that negatively affects peace, security, stability and prosperity in Somalia.”

The aforementioned authorities warned against any parallel process confirming the legitimacy of the political agreement reached on September 17, 2020 AD, between the federal government and the federal member states.

The Somali Foreign Affairs Chargé d’Affairs, Muhammad Abdul Razzaq, wrote to the UN Security Council on Friday, protesting what he called “foreign interference” in his country’s internal affairs.

The minister said, “The Somali federal government considers any interference in the national elections process by external parties as direct interference in our internal affairs in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and international law.”

The joint statement is a strong indication of the international community’s frustration over the failure of Somali leaders to resolve their differences and chart a way forward with the elections.

The mediation of the United Nations collapsed on Thursday, reducing the chances of reaching an agreement two months after the end of the mandate of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, and the mandate of the federal parliament on December 27.

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