UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns attacks on parliamentarians

New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Sunday condemned a deadly attack against two Somali members of parliament and reiterated the UN support for the country's democratic process.

According to a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, Mr. Yusuf Muhammad Dirir, a member of the Federal Parliament, was shot and killed on 23 May along with his driver, while another MP, Mr. Abdullahi Boss Ahmed, was wounded in the same attack.

Mr. Kay stated: "The assassination of Mr. Yusuf Muhammad Dirir is an abhorrent act of terrorism.

"I wish Abdullahi Boss Ahmed a speedy recovery and I commend all Somalia's MPs for their courage and dedication in the face of continued attacks against them, and the UN is committed to supporting the important work of the Federal Parliament," he said.

The UN envoy also warned that, "the murder of MPs is an attempt to intimidate and undermine those working to build a better Somalia", noting that, "their killers will not achieve that objective".

In a recent briefing at the UN Security Council in New York, Mr. Kay said momentum had been regained on efforts to achieve political progress in the country, pointing to work by federal, regional and local leaders, and parliamentarians to build a State through dialogue and reconciliation, and top-level commitment to deliver Somalia's Vision 2016 plan.

He, however, stated that, "there is still a long way to go", adding that, "with so much at stake between now and 2016, we can expect Al-Shabaab to do everything it can to derail the political process".
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24 may 2015 20:10:55

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