UN Office for Somalia on the state-building conferences in Baidoa
Mareeg.com-Mogadishu, 3 March 2014 – The Special Representative of the UN
Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, is closely monitoring
developments in Baidoa, including the outcome of today’s conference, and
has taken note of the Federal Government’s response.
“I urge all parties to observe maximum restraint and refrain from any
action that could pose a threat to security,” said SRSG Kay. “This year is
critical for consolidating a united and stable federal Somalia. The
country has overcome many recent challenges through compromise and
“I encourage traditional leaders, politicians and stakeholders in Baidoa
to commit to serious, inclusive and continued political dialogue guided by
respect for the Provisional Federal Constitution and existing
agreements,” he added. “The UN will continue to support the Federal
Government of Somalia’s efforts to lead a reconciliation process.”
“The situation in Baidoa highlights the need for the Federal Government to
accelerate its work on the state-building process in Somalia in an
inclusive manner, including the development of a detailed plan and
timetable for the formation of Federal States, a final Constitution and
democratisation by 2016,” SRSG Kay noted.
SRSG Kay continues to work closely with international partners on this
important issue, including AMISOM, IGAD and the EU.
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