Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019

4th April 2019 Nairobi, Kenya: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today established the Taskforce on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden during the meeting of the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors.

The establishment of the the Task Force was in line with the decision of the 46th Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers which was held in Djibouti on 27th February 2019. The Task Force is expcted to study, review and advise on the conclusions and recommendations of the Council and urgently chart a regional plan of action with clear timelines. Further, the Task Force will build a common position and strategy to respond to the challenges and opportunities in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden arena.

The Task Force will coordinate its efforts with the African Union Commission in line with the decision of the Council.

 

Mogadishu, Somalia - 8 January 2019: The IGAD Special Envoy for Somalia, Dr. Mohamed Ali Guyo congratulates H.E. Said Abdullahi Deni upon his election today as the President of Puntland. Dr. Guyo also commends the Government of Puntland, Federal Government, regional parliament, traditional elders and all other stakeholders for the orderly, peaceful and transparent conduct of the elections.

 The Special Envoy applauds outgoing President, H.E. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, for his service to the regional State and indeed the whole of Somalia. He also commended the outgoing President and all other candidates in the election for their political maturity and good statesmanship by gracefully accepting the outcome.

 The Special Envoy expressed confidence that the President-elect will advance inclusive politics, peace and stability, economic development and consolidation of democracy in Puntland and beyond.

 He also appealed to the President-elect and all leaders of Somalia “to work together in uniting the country in the spirit of reconciliation and dialogue to help address political and socio-economic challenges facing the country”.

 The Special Envoy reaffirmed IGAD’s commitment to work with the incoming administration and build on the existing cooperation with the regional state for the benefit of the people in Puntland and Somalia.

Dr. Mohamed Ali Guyo

IGAD Special Envoy for Somalia

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The Inter-Governmental Authority on the Development (IGAD) follows closely developments in the Federal Republic of Somalia and stands ready to support the ongoing regional election process that will lead to one man one vote by 2020.

IGAD warmly welcomes the commitment of the Federal Government of Somalia to hold a universal, fair and free election in 2020 to ensure inclusive politics at the core of its reform agenda towards Federalization as expressed through the Political Roadmap of Somalia. IGAD encourages the process aimed at democratizing Somalia to consolidate good governance and wide participation of citizens to exercise their democratic and citizenry rights.

IGAD continues its commitment to support the Federal Government and people of Somalia at this critical time for unity of purpose and sustainable peace and stability in the Country. The multi-dimensional progress enjoyed through the endeavor of the Federal Government and the Somali people and the region at large cannot easily be taken for granted. The role of AMISOM and the Troops and Polices Contributing Countries have been essential to Somalia’s peace and stability.

In this process, IGAD will remain committed to support the Federal Government of Somalia in accelerating the political decision- making process necessary to build consensus and national unity.

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.

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