UN envoy in Somalia warns against renewed violence in Galkayo

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The United Nations envoy in Somalia has expressed concern over renewed violence between rival states in Galkayo town in central Somalia, which killed at least three people and injured several others on Friday.

Michael Keating, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somali, in a statement on Sunday called on the warring states of Puntland and Galmudug to honor a ceasefire agreement reached last month.

“Puntland and Galmudug must resolve their differences in a non-violent manner and immediately agree on steps to dismantle the roadblocks, reopen the roads, and pull back the forces without further delay. Any spoiler against peace and stability should be scrutinized,” Keating said.

Galkayo is currently divided into two parts, governed by Galmudug and Puntland respectively. The town has been plagued by recurrent clashes between the neighboring states over its control.

Recent fighting in Galkayo that first broke out on Oct. 7 has killed more than 45 people and displaced tens of thousands.

Keating said the situation in Galkayo has raised serious humanitarian concerns.

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