Somalia: UN chief visits Garowe to end latest political tension




MOGADISHU – The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, has arrived in Garowe, the capital of Puntland State.

Nicholas Haysom was warmly welcomed at the airport in the town and started to have talks with Puntland state leader, Abduweli Mohamed to end latest political tension.

“UN envoy to Somalia, Nicholas Haysom has headed straight to the first meeting of his visit, with Puntland state leader”, UN mission in Somalia said.

The two sides had discussed on the conflict between the FGS [Federal Government of Somalia] and Federal State Members and how the conflict can be resolved.

The arrival of Haysom and Madeira in Baidoa comes after UN, AU Special Representatives for Somalia visited Kismayo and Baidoa towns where he met with Jubaland and South West State leaders over the current political tension.

“Somalia is not Mogadishu, Mogadishu is not Somalia – it’s necessary for me to visit the regions to see my own staff, but also to see how people live across the breadth and length of Somalia,”  Haysom said.

Last week, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has called on his state-members for a conference in Mogadishu to end the political instability.

President Farmajo reiterated his call for a consultative meeting with the country’s regional state-leaders in Mogadishu to resolve the current political differences, according to a statement.

The political rift came after the regional leaders announced on 8th September to have suspended all relations with the central government, following a four-day conference in Kismayo town.

The leaders accused the federal government of interfering with internal regional issues, failure to implement security architecture and not fulfilling political agreements.

However, UN says the decision by the five regional presidents could embolden Al Shabaab and negate the gains made by the African Union Mission in Somalia

Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia