UN: UN envoy welcomes progress in efforts to form assembly in Kismayo

New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the Interim Juba
Administration's progress towards forming a regional assembly in Kismayo, a region in Somalia.

A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Sunday, said that during an official visit to
Kismayo on Saturday, Mr. Kay said: "I welcome the progress on forming the Interim Juba
Administration (IJA) regional assembly, and urge the speedy conclusion of a transparent and
inclusive process, in which women and minorities are properly represented."

"Ensuring a fair and inclusive process will help build a just and peaceful society for the people
of the Juba region as well as all Somalis," he noted.

The statement said that the UN envoy met the IJA's leader, Ahmed Madobe, and the two
discussed political and security issues.

Mr. Kay was also briefed by the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) Special
Envoy for Somalia, Mohamed Abdi Affey, and he also congratulated the IJA on its recent
engagement with other regional administrations and with the Federal Government of Somalia.

"Now it is critical to focus on accelerating federalism, the constitutional review and
democratisation ahead of the end of the Federal Government's term in 2016," he added.
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08 march 2015 07:59:18

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