3620th Meeting of Security Council: Situation in Somalia

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24-Jan-1996 00:06:38
Security Council calls on Somali political leaders to return to inclusive negotiation at 3620th meeting.

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Deeply concerned about the absence of any credible progress towards national reconciliation in Somalia, the Security Council this afternoon called on all Somali political leaders and parties to return to an inclusive process of consultation and negotiation, to lead to establishment of a broad-based national government.

Through a statement read out by its President, Sir John Weston (United Kingdom), the Council urged the leaders of Somali factions to reject violence and to place the interests of the country and people above their personal differences and political ambitions. While expressing apprecation for the efforts of various regional organizations and neighbouring States in promoting dialogue, it reaffirmed that the people of Somalia bear ultimate responsibility for achieving national reconciliation and restoring peace.

The Council condemned the harassment, beatings, abduction and killings of personnel of international humanitarian organizations, and underlined the responsibility of all Somali parties to ensure the security of such personnel. It commended those humanitarian efforts and encouraged Member States to continue the provision of humanitarian assistance.

Considering the delivery of humanitarian assistance to be crucial to overall security and stability, the Council called on the Somali parties and factions to open the Mogadishu main seaport and other transportation facilities unconditionally. It reminded all States of their obligation to implement fully the military embargo against Somalia and called on them to refrain from actions which might exacerbate the situation.

In addition, the Council expressed support for the Secretary-General's intention to maintain the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) and looked forward to its return to the country as soon as circumstances permit.

Also this afternoon, the President expressed the Council's condolences on the recent passing of the King of Lesotho, Moshoeshoe II.

The meeting, which was called to order at 1:10 p.m., adjourned at 1:17 p.m.

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