The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Dinh Quy Dang (Viet Nam):
The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern about the continued political impasse and disagreement among Somalia’s political leaders on the model for elections.
The members of the Security Council recalled the significant progress made during the past decade in Somalia, including in terms of security provision, democracy, political reforms and economic development, in particular debt relief. They commended the Somali people, the Somali authorities, the African Union, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and its troop‑contributing countries, the United Nations and Somalia’s other international partners for their role in this endeavour.
The members of the Security Council emphasized that ongoing disagreement over the electoral model is not only undoing this hard-earned progress, but is also diverting attention from pressing problems, such as floods, drought, desert locusts, the COVID-19 pandemic and combating the terrorist threat of Al-Shabaab. They stressed that reaching consensus on elections would support and facilitate the continued development and progress of Somalia and its people.
The members of the Security Council underscored that consensus would be vital for any electoral model to be successfully delivered. They noted the 17 September 2020 agreement has remained the only basis so far endorsed by the Federal Government of Somalia and all Federal Member States.
The members of the Security Council therefore called on all parties to reject violence and resume dialogue as a matter of urgency and without precondition. They called on Somalia’s leaders to recognize and build upon the many areas of agreement already reached, to resolve their remaining differences and to put the interests of the people of Somalia first, within a Somali-owned, Somali-led electoral process, and with an agreed timetable, as soon as possible. They reiterated that, through the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and in conjunction with AMISOM, the African Union, European Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and international partners, they stand ready to assist.
The members of the Security Council took note of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo’s talks with the Democratic Republic of the Congo President and Chairperson of the African Union, Félix Tshisekedi, in Kinshasa on 19 April. They expressed their support for and encouraged regionally led international efforts to help bring the parties back to the table and facilitate inclusive negotiations.
The members of the Security Council took note of the IGAD statement of 21 April and the African Union Peace and Security Council communiqué of 22 April. They expressed their support for the Special Representative of the Secretary‑General, James Swan, and for African Union and IGAD efforts to help resolve the current impasse.
The members of the Security Council condemned all terrorist attacks in Somalia and the region and reaffirmed their respect for the sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and unity of Somalia.