Political stability urged ahead of Somali peace conference

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Mr. Kay (centre) speaks to members of the Somaliland press. UN Photo/Stuart Price

Leaders in Somalia are being urged by the United Nations to pave the way for political stability ahead of a peace conference taking place in Denmark this week.

The first ever High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF) in which ministers are participating is aimed at creating a more secure future for all Somali people through a process known as the New Deal Somali Compact.

The Compact promotes political reconciliation and focuses on establishing peace, security, justice and sustainable development throughout the country.

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) Nicholas Kay said progress had been made but  the ongoing political crisis in Somalia was a "serious risk to further progress."

Somalia has endured more than two decades of political instability and a series of droughts that has left the country dependent on international aid.

Mr Kay called on Somalis "to find a way to resolve their differences quickly so that the business of state building and peacebuilding can resume and accelerate."

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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