UN: Security Council commends political, security progress in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - UN The Security Council has welcomed the political and security progress in Somalia during a mission to the capital, Mogadishu, on 19 May, where representatives of the 15-member body met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, regional leaders, Somali civil society and women's groups.

In a statement issued on Wednesday in New York, following the mission, the Security Council members noted the advances made since the transition ended in 2012.

They however stressed the need to accelerate the country's peace and state-building process, saying: "Holding a peaceful, transparent electoral process in 2016 will mark a historic step forward for all Somalis, and will be fundamental for the country's continued progress towards democracy and stability."

In the context of Security Council resolution 2232 (2015), which laid out that there be no extended electoral process timelines in Somalia, the Council members welcomed the electoral mechanism in the decree issued by President Mohamud on 22 May, noting that, "it should enable necessary technical preparation and implementation without further delay."

They also acknowledged that Somali leaders had worked hard to achieve agreement on the modalities of the electoral model and commended President Mohamud and the government for ensuring that the electoral process timelines were upheld.

"The challenge now is to prepare and implement the elections and renew their call on all Somali stakeholders to work constructively to that end, without delay," they said.

The Council members also stressed the need to deliver more representative governance to the people of Somalia.

They commended the government's commitment to reserve 30 per cent of seats in the upper and lower houses for women and emphasized the importance of adhering to the political road map to 2020, in particular to reach one-person, one-vote elections by 2020.

They further underlined their determination to play a constructive and active role in the months ahead.

The Council members also reaffirmed their solidarity with the country’s people and government and reiterated calls to the federal parliament to legalize the 2016 electoral model as soon as possible.

PANA in New York reports that the Council delegation was led by the body’s President for the month of May, the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN, Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, and the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN, Matthew Rycroft.

The officials held a series of high-level meetings with the Somali leader, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, regional presidents, civil society members, humanitarian organizations and senior UN and African Union officials.

The other Council member states represented in the 27-member delegation include Angola, China, France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, US, Uruguay and Venezuela.
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25 may 2016 14:07:54

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