AU, EU, UN, IGAD ‘concerned about the situation in Somalia’, call for return to dialogue

The African Union (AU), European Union (EU), InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations (UN) are ‘highly concerned by the situation in Somalia’.

In a joint communique released Sunday, the organizations expressed serious concern that the political stalemate is impacting negatively on the peace, security, stability, and prosperity in Somalia.

The meeting was convened in light of the gravity of the ongoing political stalemate in Somalia over the holding of delayed elections and the continuing impasse in dialogue between the Federal Government and some Federal Member State leaders.

“We call upon Somali leaders to prioritize the national interest of Somalia and immediately   return to dialogue to seek compromise on the outstanding issues, and to ensure that no actions are taken that would undermine the stability of Somalia, which is critical to the maintenance of international peace and security,” read part of the statement.

They also underscored that the September 17 agreement remains the most viable path towards the holding of elections in the shortest delay possible.

“We Urge all Somali leaders to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any actions that may lead to an escalation of tensions.”