UN: UN-backed international forum delivers roadmap for Somalia’s future

New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its partners have welcomed the significant commitments made at a recent high-level forum in Somalia that will be critical to the future of the Horn of Africa nation, including the holding of inclusive elections, a joint statement said on Monday.

“"We commend the commitments made at the High-Level Partnership Forum to deliver a
transparent and inclusive electoral process in 2016, to strengthen security and to accelerate
the delivery of concrete results to the people of Somalia," the UN and its partners said in the
statement.

The statement by the UN, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the
European Union (EU), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and the Governments
of the US and the United Kingdom, followed the two-day forum held in the Somali capital,
Mogadishu, last week.

Co-hosted by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the Secretary-General’s Special
Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, the forum reviewed the country’s progress in
political, security and economic sectors.

The statement noted that the commitment to immediately start a national consultation to
agree on an electoral process for a timely transfer of public office in 2016 is a positive
step.

It stated: "We also agree that the 2016 electoral process, based on inclusive consultations
in the coming months, must represent an improvement on the 2012 process and be a
stepping stone toward universal ‘one person, one vote’ elections."

It said that Somalia’s international partners will follow progress closely and will make
decisive efforts to help the people of the country meet these deadlines.

“Most immediately, we welcome the commitment to finalize by 15 August a detailed
action plan for the national consultations on the 2016 electoral process," said the
statement, adding that such a plan should reflect the views of all stakeholders, in
particular the Federal Parliament and the authorities in all regional administrations.

The UN and the partners also urged "all parties to engage seriously and urgently in
finalizing this work and then to play a full role in the national consultative process."

"Somalia’s international partners stated their resolve to the timely implementation
of the commitments taken and agreements reached and to continue to support the
goal of a united, federal and democratic Somalia, at peace with itself and the rest
of the world," the statement stressed.

Last week, the UN Security Council authorized the AU member states to maintain
the deployment of AMISOM until 30 May 2016, and extended the mandate of the
UN Special Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) until 30 March 2016,
stressing the importance of both missions to strengthen their relationship to
ensure support for the country’s political process.
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03 august 2015 19:00:40




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