Somalia: IGAD Summit resolves new measures to stabilise Somalia

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Horn of Africa leaders on Tuesday rose from a historic daylong Summit in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, calling on the UN to urgently intervene on a humanitarian crisis in the region and resolved to hold an emergency Summit on the resettlement of Somali refugees.

The Heads of State Summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) resolved to notify the UN of the humanitarian crisis in the region.

Meeting in Mogadishu for the first time in 30 years, the Heads of State praised Somalia's leaders for successfully holding a National Leadership Forum (NLF) in their capital on the 2016 electoral roadmap and endorsed its outcome.

The Summit also welcomed the efforts by the Somali government to ensure the holding of credible, transparent and  inclusive electoral mechanism towards a peaceful and democratic transition.

"The Summit encouraged all Somalis to participate in the 2016 electoral  process and hoped that free and fair elections are conducted  within the timelines," the IGAD Summit said in a communique.

The Summit discussed the progress made in the formation of regional states across the  country and asked the Somali people to swiftly complete the creation of Hiraan and  Middle Shabelle States.

At the same time, the Summit requested the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to  provide all necessary security to the electoral process.

The leaders condemned the recent Al Shabaab attack against the AMISOM  and the Somali National Army (SNA) and their  continued attacks against the civilian population.

They called upon AMISOM troops and the Somalia Security Forces to  expand operations, deal with evolving terror threats and  immediately recover the remaining areas controlled by Al  Shabaab.  

On matters of national economic recovery, the IGAD Summit called for the establishment of an economic recovery fund with support from the region and the international community.

The regional leaders urged the international community to support the Somali government towards the development plans and programmes, especially infrastructure  connectivity and social services through the IGAD Third-Party Financing Mechanism and any other bilateral arrangements.

Reaffirming their the strong solidarity among IGAD member States and their commitment to supporting the stability of Somalia, the leaders condemned and deplored those seeking to destabilize the security, peace and stability of the country.

On the issue of refugees, the Summit encouraged the voluntary return of all Somali refugees to  participate in national building efforts.

Their call follows the decision by the Kenyan government to shut down a refugee camp housing 350,000 Somali refugees.

The leaders requested the IGAD Chair, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn to bring to the attention of the World Humanitarian Conference on the sidelines of the UN General  Assembly in New York the dire need for humanitarian intervention in the Horn of Africa.

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13 september 2016 17:57:05

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