Security Council brings Somali factions together in 'unprecedented' meeting

Ambassador Augustine Mahiga

Ambassador Augustine Mahiga

The President of Somalia and the speaker of the parliament, have spoken with each other, at a meeting organised by the UN Security Council in Nairobi.

The council brought together all of the factions involved in the political deadlock over the date for elections, at a day-long meeting.

Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, the UN Special Envoy for Somalia, said bringing all the stakeholders together was 'unprecedented', and they had agreed to meet again in Mogadishu before the end of June.

And he said the Security Council had been determined to bring the Speaker and the President together:

"After a one hour session with all of them, the Security Council asked everybody to leave, except the president and the speaker. And they were told to talk and to agree, especially on this issue of the up-coming conference in Mogadishu. It was a very interesting dynamic, but we realized it's possible for them to talk  and to agree on things."

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