IGAD urges Somali political leaders to seek consensus on outstanding issues
Addis Ababa, February 20, 2021 (FBC) -The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) strongly condemned the violence in Mogadishu in the last twenty-four hours.
In a statement issued yesterday, IGAD further condemned the growing hostility and extreme belligerence in political contests in the country.
“The continued impasse over the upcoming elections and the emerging pre- election violence increases the risks of instability and threatens to erode all the gains made in the peace and state building processes; and in the fight against terrorism,” it said.
IGAD called upon all political leaders to immediately de-escalate tension and re-engage constructively, in the interest of the people of Somalia, with a view to agree on the modalities of conducting inclusive, free, fair, transparent and credible federal elections without further delay.
IGAD also reiterated that a Somali-owned and Somali-led dialogue is the best option out of the stalemate.
It urged all the political leaders to seek consensus on all outstanding issues.
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