Somalia makes progress towards establishing inclusive federal statesListen /
The UN Secretary-General has welcomed a move by warring factions in Somalia to sign an agreement to establish a new interim regional administration in the South West regions of the country.
The new interim South West administration, as it has been named, will include the regions of Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle.
Efforts towards establishing a federal state in South West Somalia turned violent early this year, as leaders disagreed on whether it should comprise six or three regions.
Stéphane Dujarric is Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson.
"The Secretary-General commends all parties involved for their diligent negotiation of this important agreement, and looks forward to its prompt implementation. He recalls that the formation of inclusive regional administrations is a key milestone in Somalia’s path towards a federal system of governance, in line with the Provisional Constitution and the aspirations of the Somali people."
The Secretary-General reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to support the Federal Government of Somalia's peace-building and state-building efforts.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.