UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns attack on AU troops

New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia Nicholas Kay has condemned an attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as
rival clans caused insecurity in the area, which is near the centre of the East African country.

According to the UN, armed men and rioters blocked and attacked AMISOM troops Sunday morning while they were on a mission to help restore peace near the village of Deefow.

A UN statement obtained by PANA in New York on Tuesday quoted Mr. Kay as condemning
Sunday's attack on AMISOM troops.

He said the troops were in the area to calm the situation and promote reconciliation.

"The situation will not be resolved by further violence. Local leaders and traditional elders
must work together to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful
dialogue in full co-operation with the federal and regional governments,"  the envoy said.

Mr. Kay also said the Somali people have suffered enough and know that no good can
come from further violence and insecurity.

"We remain committed to supporting the Somali people, the Federal Government and AMISOM,
as they work together to restore peace," he said, and extended his condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed or injured as a result of the conflict in Hiiraan region.
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21 october 2014 05:35:34

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