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The African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations (UN) have expressed deep concern over the situation in Somalia.

According to a joint statement on Sunday, at their last virtual meeting, the AU, EU, IGAD and the UN noted the seriousness of the current political stalemate in Somalia over the holding of delayed elections and the persistent deadlock in dialogue between the federal government and some leaders of federal member states.

They expressed serious concern that the political stalemate was negatively impacting peace, security, stability and prosperity in Somalia and beyond.

They therefore called on Somali political leaders to continue the progress made in state building and inclusive politics, in particular the elections and the peaceful transition of power.

The organizations called on the country’s leaders today to defend the vital interests of the Somali people for peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.

The meeting urged all Somali leaders to exercise the utmost restraint and refrain from any action that could lead to an escalation of tensions.

They reaffirmed their respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of Somalia.

They also called on Somali leaders to prioritize Somalia’s national interest and immediately resume dialogue to seek compromise on the outstanding issues.

International organizations have urged Somali leaders to ensure that no action that could undermine Somalia’s stability is taken, which is essential for the maintenance of international peace and security.

While declaring that the September 17 Accord remained the most viable route to holding elections as soon as possible, they urged the federal government and the leaders of federal member states to review and validate the recommendations of the Technical Committee. Baidoa of February 16, 2021 and seek an agreement by compromise on all outstanding issues necessary for a swift implementation of the elections.

Commending international partners for facilitating communication among Somali leaders, they called on partners to strengthen commitments and identify, if necessary, new ways to support a return to dialogue among political stakeholders in the country.

They also reaffirmed the decision not to support any parallel process, by-elections or new initiatives leading to an extension of previous mandates. (Xinhua / NAN)

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