UN: UN envoy in Somalia calls for political stability ahead of Copenhagen conference

New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Somalia, Nicholas Kay has met
with country leaders in Mogadishu to discuss the ongoing political crisis, days ahead of
the first high-level meeting held in Copenhagen to review the embattled nation’s progress
to political reconciliation.

According to a UN statement on Monday, Kay held meetings with Somali President
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed and Speaker of the
Federal Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari.

It said the envoy urged the Somali leaders to find a solution that would allow the Federal
Government to implement the Vision 2016 plan for Somalia’s political transformation in
a timely manner.

It said the talks came at an opportune time as the Federal Government and Somalia’s
international partners prepare for the first Ministerial-level High Level Partnership Forum
(HLPF) in Copenhagen on 19-20 November.

The statement quoted Kay as saying: "The HLPF will be a critical opportunity to
review progress and chart the way ahead for the implementation of the New Deal Somali
Compact."

The Compact brings together national priorities agreed amongst the Somali people, the
Federal Government and the international community and much has been achieved,
particularly through the concerted and joint efforts of the Federal Government.

The envoy also said: "But significant challenges remain. The ongoing political crisis in
Somalia is a serious risk to further progress.

"I call on all parties to find a way to resolve their differences quickly so that the business
of statebuilding and peacebuilding can resume and accelerate."

The statement said that those participating in the meetings include the Danish Ambassador
to Kenya Geert Aagaard Andersen, European Union (EU) Special Representative for the
Horn of Africa Alex Rondos, EU Special Envoy to Somalia Michele Cervone d’Urso, as
well as several Ambassadors to Somalia namely Italia’s Fabrizio Marcelli, Sweden’s
Mikael Lindvall and the United Kingdom’s Neil Wigan.

The UN Support Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), established by the UN Security Council
in June 2013, 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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