Somalia calls on Ethiopia to rescind MOU, emphasizes commitment to sovereignty

Thursday January 18, 2024 - 11:57:06
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Mogadishu (diplomat.so) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia has issued a statement following the recent meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Commission (AUPSC), highlighting the outcomes.
The AUPSC meeting affirmed the importance of the sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of all member states within the African Union. In response, Somalia acknowledges this stance and emphasizes the critical need to uphold these principles.

The Ministry alleges a violation of Somalia's sovereignty and territorial integrity by Ethiopia through the signing of an illegal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the northern region, known as the Somaliland Administration. Somalia maintains its adherence to these principles, asserting that it has not engaged in actions compromising its sovereignty.

In light of these developments, Somalia asserts that there is no room for mediation unless Ethiopia retracts the illegal MOU and reaffirms Somalia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. This firm stance reflects Somalia's commitment to upholding international principles and ensuring its national interests are safeguarded.

Somalia expresses its readiness to engage with all member states of the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in fostering mutually beneficial relationships grounded in international law. The aim is to promote economic development and shared prosperity in the region, emphasizing the importance of diplomacy and adherence to established norms in resolving disputes.

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