IGAD convenes extraordinary meeting on Somalia (2)

08:01, July 06, 2010      

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Meles said IGAD has been and will be committed to peace in Somalia. "The convening of the 36th the extraordinary session of the council of ministers on 15th of June 2010 in Addis Ababa is the continuation of IGAD's effort to assist people of Somalia to bring about a lasting solution to the problem; the council had issued concert recommendations and I am glad to say that speedy action was taken to implement those recommendations. In this regard the decision by the council to send military mission to Somalia was most appropriate," he added.

Briefing the prevailing situation in Somalia, Mahbou Maalim, Current Executive Secretary of IGAD, said the insurgents in Somalia would mark their silver jubilee in the next two to three years if the status quo remains in the country.

"Since the beginning of this year alone 200,000 Somalis have fled Mogadishu. A lot of efforts have been made in peaceful restoration of peace and order in Somalia; and yet the result has not been quite desirable," said the Executive Secretary.

Erastus Mwencha, AU Commission Deputy Chairperson, said AU would continue providing all necessary support to the TFG of Somalia that the government effectively carry out its transitional task.

"The TFG needs to continue in its chosen path of intensifying dialogue and reconciliation and continuously building cohesive federal institutions of authority capable of guiding the political process and offering its citizens the alternative of building a new Somalia," said the Deputy Chairperson.

"The AU stands ready to continue support to the TFG not only in the security and capacity building initiatives but also in mobilizing the necessary political support and other resources required for the government to effectively carry out good governance activities and its transitional tasks," he said.

The summit also discussed the way forward in attaining a lasting solution for security and political problems that have plagued Somalia for decades.

The summit is expected to be a forum where the conflicts among the various groupings in the country and within the interim Somalia government will be discussed and resolved.

IGAD, which was established in 1986, has its headquarters in Djibouti and its members include Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.

Source: Xinhua
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