UN envoy appeals for calm following clashes in Somalia region

New York, US (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Saturday said he is deeply concerned by the recent outbreak of violence in Somalia's northern Sool region, and called for calm.

He also urged all parties to resolve political issues through dialogue and reconciliation.

"Violence cannot and will not resolve political issues. All those with a stake in the area must show calm and pursue reconciliation," PANA in New York quotes a statement issued by the UN assistance mission in the country (UNSOM) as stating.

Mr. Kay deplored the loss of life and offered his condolences to the families of those killed in recent clashes.

He said political differences and competing claims should be solved by dialogue, adding peace and stability were also critical to the Puntland election process.

According to the statement, Mr. Kay and UNSOM colleagues were in touch with regional leaders to urge restraint and offer support for dialogue and reconciliation.

Reports say at least 10 deaths and dozens of injuries were recorded in the latest fighting in the area.

The envoy wrapped up on 22 November a three-day visit to Puntland with stops in the cities of Garowe, Galkayo and Bosasso ahead of the Puntland Parliamentary selection process in December and the presidential elections scheduled to take place 8 January 2014.
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