IGAD convenes extraordinary meeting on Somalia

08:00, July 06, 2010      

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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Heads of States and Governments on Monday held their 15th Extraordinary Meeting here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, focusing on political and security situation in Somalia.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki was among other IGAD regional leaders attending the two-day summit.

Chairing the Meeting, Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister and current Chairperson of IGAD, said the Somalis, IGAD, African Union (AU), and other stakeholders should play the respective role in more proactive manner to bring about peace and stability in Somalia.

Meles said Somalis play irreplaceable role to bring about peace in that country while a lot is expected from the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia.

"The situation in Somalia still continues to be a challenge in our continent, to our region Africa, and to the world at large; there is no other party that have been affected more by variety of ways from the situation in Somalia than Somalis themselves," said Meles.

"Our ministers recommended us to convene this extraordinary meeting they are also writing and suggesting that the prevailing status quo in Somalia can not be acceptable. There is no better reason for this than the latest flare up in Mogadishu which should in no way affect the good work the TFG has embarked upon to expand its efforts in speeding up national reconciliation on the basis of the Djibouti peace process," he said.

Meles appreciated the TFG of Somalia for its commitment to pursue a policy of outreach a national reconciliation through out the country.

The agreement reached between the TFG of Somalia and a group called Al Sunna Wal Jamma was a commendable development, he said, adding full implementation of the signing is critical.

"We are fully aware that the TFG has never intended to limit its effort at broadening its base to what was accomplished with Al Sunna. The principle of inclusivity that the TFG follows applies to all groups that are prepared to join the TFG peacefully and on the basis of the Djibouti agreement. This needs to be underlined because it is often easy to be misled by the argument that the breakthrough has been difficult in Somalia because the TFG has failed to be sufficiently inclusive," said the Chairman.

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