Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018

Mogadishu - A joint IGAD-UNSOM mission visited Garowe, Puntland, and Hargeisa, Somaliland, from 28 to 30 July 2018, to take forward ongoing efforts to find a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Tukaraq area of Sool region.

In Garowe, the mission held discussions with President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, Vice President Abdihakim Abdullahi Haji Omar and Traditional Elders from the Sool region. In Hargeisa, they met with President Muse Bihi Abdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Saad Shire, and other members of the Cabinet, together with members of the two Houses of Parliament, as well leaders of the UCID and WADDANI opposition political parties, representatives from civil society and a committee of Somaliland elders and entrepreneurs who are working with their counterparts from Puntland to de-escalate tensions and create conditions that should allow a peaceful solution and restore the free flow of people, goods and services between Puntland and Somaliland.

The mission discussed with the interlocutors some ideas on how they could work towards resolving the Tukaraq crisis and exchanged views on the way forward.

The discussions were held in a very positive atmosphere. The leaders of both Somaliland and Puntland and all other interlocutors from both sides reiterated their commitment to finding a peaceful solution. They openly explained their positions, welcomed the ideas from the joint mission as a good basis for taking forward the ongoing search for a solution and shared additional ideas for consideration.

The joint IGAD-UN team will now further elaborate the emerging ideas and clarify issues that came up during the discussions, with a view to returning to Puntland and Somaliland for further discussions in the coming days and weeks.

July 29, 2018: The European Union (EU) and Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today signed a One Million Three Hundred Thousand Euros Grant Agreement to support Inclusive State Formation, National Reconciliation and Political Dialogue in Somalia.
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27th March 2018 Dhusamareb, Somalia: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) through its Special Mission to Somalia (SMS) with the lead role of the Federal Government of Somalia embarked on the commencement of the implementation of the Peace Agreement signed between the leadership of Galmudug Administration  and Ahlu Sunna Wal Ja (ASWJ) in December 2017.  

The agreement encompassed the merging of parliament, the harmonization of the constitution and the formation of an inclusive cabinet for Galmudug region as well as the integration of ASWJ forces. The agreement comes after two and half years of divided state, divided leadership differing ideologies, which resulted in conflict between Galmudug Administration and ASWJ.

Today the parties embarked on parliament merging where a preliminary agreement was reached between the leadership of Galmudug and Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a on the proportional distribution of MPs to the clans and power-sharing arrangements after a political dialogue.  

The agreement was signed  by  the president of Galmudug Ahmed Dualle Geelle "Haaf"  and a representatives  from Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a (ASWJ)chief minister  Dr. Mohamed Shaakir Ali Hassan and was witnessed by the speaker of the parliament Ali Gacal Aser, his vice deputy Hared  Ali Hared, Galmudug, Ministers and MPs and distinguished guests. The parties promised to uphold peace in the interests of the people and the state during the signing. 

This long-awaited process aimed at uniting the two divided parties and enabling them to be governed under one umbrella. The process will continue until the end of parliament merging, harmonization of the constitution, formation of an inclusive cabinet and integration of forces.

The Galmudug leadership and ASWJ thanked IGAD and the European Union, the United Nations, the Somalia Stability Fund and the Norwegian government for their support throughout the process.

IGAD appeals for the goodwill of the two parties to exercise inclusive power-sharing arrangements and remains committed to support the Federal Government of Somalia in its mandate to build peace, security, and stability in Somalia.

 

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