Joint Statement on the parliamentary crisis in Somalia

19 Dec 2011

Joint Statement on the parliamentary crisis in Somalia

On 17 December 2012, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Amb. Boubacar Diarra, the IGAD Facilitator for Somalia, Amb. Kipruto arap Kirwa, and the Deputy SRSG of UNPOS, Christian Manahl, travelled to Mogadishu in a bid to defuse the crisis that had emerged in the wake of a motion of no confidence against the Speaker of the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP). They met with President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, as well as with the group of parliamentarians who had put forward the motion. The day before, they travelled to Garowe to meet with the President of Puntland State of Somalia, Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud (Farole). To all interlocutors, they conveyed the serious concern of the international community about this crisis, about the potentially adverse impact it could have in the implementation of the Roadmap, and about the determination of the international community to act against political moves aimed at derailing the peace process.

Following these consultations, the three representatives issued the following statement:

  • We appeal for moderation to the leadership of the Transitional Federal Institutions, parliamentarians and to all stakeholders, and call upon them to act in the spirit of the Kampala Accord and avoid any statement or action that could exacerbate the already tense situation and further aggravate the crisis.
  • We commend the leadership of the TFIs and the parliamentarians for their expressed commitment to the Kampala Accord and to the Roadmap to end the Transition;
  • We acknowledge the wish of the parliamentarians to discuss the Roadmap in the TFP, following their previous endorsement of the Kampala Accord, and the intention of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to present the Roadmap to the TFP for deliberation and approval; we acknowledge that this should happen as soon as the present crisis is resolved;
  • We commend and strongly encourage continued consultations among the top leadership of the TFI's in order to address and resolve the crisis expeditiously in accordance with the Transitional Federal Charter, the Djibouti Agreement, and the Kampala Accord; and should they face any more challenges they should resort to the collective wisdom and valuable advice of the Guarantor of the Kampala Accord in consultation with the regional political initiative;
  • We welcome the commitment of all parties to pursue the process of implementing the Roadmap and specifically to hold the Garowe conference without delay.

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