UNSOM offers support as President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud holds consultations in Baidoa

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UNSOM offers support as President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud holds
consultations in Baidoa with supporters of local state formation
initiatives
Mogadishu, 31 March 2014 – The Special Representative of the UN
Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the visit
by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to Baidoa to meet with supporters of
opposing state formation processes.
Last week the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) called for urgent
consultations with all political and traditional leaders in Baidoa to ease
tensions between supporters of different state formation initiatives in
the region.
“The United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) will continue to support
the Federal Government of Somalia’s consultations with political and
traditional leaders in Baidoa. This important visit underlines the
commitment of the Federal Government to maintaining peace and stability in
the region,” said SRSG Kay.
“I call on all parties to work constructively with the Government to find
a peaceful and inclusive solution and avoid any actions that could pose a
security threat or undermine stability. We will continue to work closely
with international partners, particularly the African Union Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM) and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development
(IGAD) to foster reconciliation and state formation processes under the
leadership of the FGS,” Mr Kay concluded.
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