UN: UN Security Council urges swift approval of Somali electoral model

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council members concluded a one-day visit
to Somalia on Thursday by reaffirming their solidarity with the country’s people and
government and reiterating calls to the federal parliament to legalize the 2016
electoral model as soon as possible.

"Somalia’s security in its broadest sense is a common concern of the international
community and the whole region, and that is why such importance has been placed
by the UN Security Council in a legitimate transfer of power later this year,"
UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating told reporters at the conclusion of the
Security Council’s visit.

He said that, "the message of the Security Council is very clear: the international
community looks forward to elections in August 2016 and will do everything
possible to support them being free and fair and on time."

But, he said that, "the Council members stressed the need for immediate action
to legalize the electoral model so that practical preparations can begin as quickly
as possible."

The Council delegation was led by its current President, Ambassador Amr
Abdbellatif Aboulatta, who is also the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the
UN, and the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, Matthew Rycroft.

Other Council members on the delegation are from Angola, China, France, Japan,
Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, US, Uruguay and

The officials held a series of high-level meetings with Somalia President Hassan
Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, regional
presidents, civil society groups, humanitarian organizations and senior UN and
African Union officials.
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