UN: UN envoy expresses concern over violence, urges restraint in Somaliland

New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay has expressed
concern over Saturday's outbreak of violence during preparations for the parliamentary elections in Somaliland.

In a brief statement obtained by PANA in New York on Sunday, Mr. Kay said there have been
reports that some members of parliament may have been detained and that the violence has
led to a number of casualties.

He also called on all parties to exercise restraint and fully respect the democratic process.

Somaliland has been making positive strides towards democratic elections, and violence risks
setting these gains back, Mr. Kay warned.

The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), established by the UN Security Council in last June, is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda, including the federalism process, review of the provisional constitution and elections in 2016.

It also works to strengthen Somalia's security sector, promote respect for human rights and
women's empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance.
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