Mogadishu (Diplomat.so) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia issued a press statement regarding the situation resulting from the political stagnation in connection with the holding of the elections with statements from some countries about the security unrest that rocked the capital Mogadishu on Friday, February 19.
This is the text of the press release appearing below:
The Federal Government of Somalia welcomes the concern shown by our brotherly nations and regional bodies to which Somalia is a member, who have released statements on the present political stalemate regarding the implementation of the election that are consistent with the position of the Federal Government of Somalia.
The Federal Government of Somalia agrees, wholeheartedly, the need to finalize the remaining issues regarding the political agreement of 17th September and resolve all issues peacefully through dialogue.
In pursuit of the process to strengthen and deepen Democratization, the Federal Government of Somalia initiated a policy to put in place an election model that would have enabled the Somali people to vote for both their parliamentary representatives and for the President of the country.
However, a historic one-person-one-vote election was not realized as a result of the refusal of some of the Federal Member State leaders. In the interest of reaching consensus, the Federal Government of Somalia agreed to a proposal by the leaders of the Federal Member States on 17th of September to hold an indirect election. The interest of the Federal Government of Somalia continues to remain to hold a consensus-based, inclusive, and transparent election.
Unfortunately, despite the agreement and the Federal Government of Somalia's willingness to address concerns, the influence of external forces has remained an obstacle to finalizing the agreement to pave the way for the election.
Regrettably, on the eve of the proposed meeting of the Federal Government of Somalia president and heads of the Federal Member States to endorse the technical agreement, prospective presidential candidates chose to circumnavigate the process in order to pursue a path of illegality and armed insurrection disguised as a peaceful demonstration guaranteed under our constitution.
We, therefore, deplore and warn against some of the misinformed and misleading statements that disregard facts and at times appear to be supporting insurrection, from some quarters, that are well known for their unceremonious acts in the region, falsely posing as the master of another nation’s future, in contradiction of the norms and principles of international law.
All other Federal Member State leaders, except two, have responded to the invitation of the President and are prepared to endorse the technical agreement.
Once again, the Federal Government of Somalia urges the remaining two Federal Member State leaders to join the rest of the signatories of the 17th September political agreement in order to pave the way for election in the interest of peace and prosperity.