The UN calls on Somalia’s leaders to “prioritize the national interest” to resolve its “political stalemate”


The UN has asked Somalia’s political leaders to prioritize “the national interest” in order to resolve the “political stalemate” in the country, which they fear will “negatively affect the peace, security, stability and prosperity” of the country.

This message has also been endorsed by the international partners of the United Nations that work for a lasting peace and a democratic electoral process in Somalia, such as the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) or the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD). .

Indeed, the organizations met on Friday “in light of the severity of the current political stalemate in Somalia in reference to the holding of delayed elections and the ongoing stalemate in dialogue between the Federal Government and some leaders of the Federal Member States,” according to a statement issued this Sunday.

The deadline for holding new parliamentary elections expired last December, while presidential elections have been delayed until leaders can agree on the way forward. The UN highlights that reports highlight that two of the five states no longer recognize the government of Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’, whose term has ended before an agreement is reached on the next elections.

Among the conclusions of the dialogue of international partners, the respect “for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of Somalia” stands out, whose leaders urge “to seek a compromise on the pending issues and to guarantee that measures are not taken that undermine the stability of Somalia, which is essential for the maintenance of international peace and security. “

They also recalled the agreement reached last September, in which an electoral model was agreed that would mean “it remains the most viable path towards holding elections in the shortest possible time.”

On the other hand, it has also approached international partners to “find new ways to help leaders reach an agreement and avoid any parallel process, by-elections or new initiatives that lead to any extension of previous terms.”

Likewise, international organizations have shown concern that the political stalemate will have a “negative impact on peace, security, stability and prosperity in Somalia and the region.”

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