somalia:UN Envoy to Somalia comments on the transfer of power in Puntland

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Mareeg.com-Mogadishu, 12 January 2014 – The Special Representative of the UN
Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, appealed today for calm and
an orderly, peaceful transfer of power in Puntland following the 8 January
presidential election.

“Puntland’s MPs set a great example a few days ago of a peaceful,
responsible and transparent election. I salute the statesmanship of
outgoing President Farole and praise his constructive role in the handover
of power” SRSG Kay said.

“I am encouraged by the assurances given by Puntland President-elect Nicholas_Kay
Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas that he will take immediate steps to take care
of the interests of the region’s security forces. All security personnel
and civil servants must work with the new administration in the interests
of the people of Puntland. Public property should be respected and not
removed ” SRSG Kay added.

“Puntland’s peace and state-building process is progressing well and
should not be spoilt by any group or individuals”, SRSG Kay cautioned.

“The United Nations and partners, including IGAD and the EU, will continue
to monitor the situation and offer their support to the people and
leadership of Puntland at this critical time,” SRSG Kay said.

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