IGAD raises concern over political tension buildup in Somalia

Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - The Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has expressed concern over “the evolving new political tension in Somalia which threat to derail the significant progress registered in the past year.”

In a statement issued late Monday, IGAD said it is closely following the situation, in particular the standoff within the country’s legislature that threatens to impede efforts by the Government towards reforming security and justice institutions, increasing opportunities for economic growth as well as providing basic services to its citizenry.

“Recurring political instability threatens the fragile gains made by Federal Government of Somalia over the last 12 months, which portends serious risks to stabilization process,” IGAD cautioned.

IGAD welcomed the development of a condition-based Transition Plan with a view to conduct a conditions-based, gradual handover of security from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to the Somali Security Forces, stating that it looks forward to its swift finalization and implementation.

Over the past year, the statement said, Somalia has made steadfast progress towards a robust reform agenda thanks to the commitment shown by Somalia’s current leadership – the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in close collaboration with its Federal Member States (FMS).

On this, IGAD welcomed the progress made towards operationalization  of the National Security Council and the implementation of the National Security Architecture, in particular the political agreement at the recent National Security Council of 6-10 Fwbruary 2018, to recognize the regional forces and proceed with their integration within the National Security Architecture.

In the same statement, IGAD commended the “great progress made by the Federal Government of Somalia in meeting the requirements of the ongoing International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Monitored Programme (SMP) as part of its broader reform agenda in re-engaging with the International Financial Institutions.”

In order to avert risks to the stabilisation process, IGAD has called upon the Executive and Federal Parliament of Somalia “to join hands to facilitate the delivery of the critical milestones under the 2020 Roadmap, aid the implementation of the national security architecture, and further develop the Roadmap to the debt relief.”

The statement concluded: “We also urge the Somali Federal institutions to maintain their unity and cohesion, in the spirit of separation of power and also use constitutional and peaceful means to resolve political disputes.”
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27 Março 2018 09:05:10

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