Seoul, Republic of Korea

13 August 2012

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Somalia

The Secretary-General is seriously concerned about delays in the selection of the new Somali Parliament, and recent acts of intimidation and violence which should not continue or be allowed to threaten the successful conclusion of Somalia’s transition. He calls upon the Somali political leadership, the traditional Elders and other parties to rise above their differences and to act in the best interest of the Somali people.

The Secretary-General emphasizes that the work of the Elders must proceed in a manner free from intimidation, coercion and corruption. Likewise, the Technical Selection Committee must be allowed to perform its duties independently and impartially, without fear of reprisal. The outcome of its work must be respected.

The Secretary-General has been encouraged by the progress achieved in Somalia's political process, and stresses that this progress must not be lost.  He recalls the commitment of the United Nations to the peace, security and stability of Somalia, and emphasizes that action may be taken against any actor seeking to threaten the peaceful conclusion of the transition. The Somali people expect and deserve a credible, inclusive and transparent end to the transition, delivered in a timely manner, in accordance with the Garoowe Principles, which is the only hope for a stable future for all Somalis.