UN / SOMALIA

22-Feb-2021 00:02:28
The Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), told the Security Council that “growing political tensions threaten Somalia’s state-building progress and even security unless they are resolved through dialogue and compromise in the interest of the country.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SOMALIA
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 22 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

22 FEBRUARY 202, 1NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia:
“Growing political tensions threaten Somalia’s state-building progress and even security unless they are resolved through dialogue and compromise in the interest of the country. Unfortunately, instead we are seeing increased brinkmanship, pressure tactics, and tests of strength that can only heighten risks. The political standoff among key Somali leaders has blocked implementation of the electoral model agreed by the Federal Government of Somalia President and Federal Member State leaders on 17 September 2020.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia:
“I remain convinced that the consensus-based 17 September model offers the best available option to proceed quickly to an electoral process for selection of members of parliament, senators, and the president. This would minimize further delays in Somalia’s four-year transition cycle, ensure that the chosen national leaders have a clear mandate and are widely accepted, and allow the country to turn its attention from the current political competition to other vital national priorities in the interest of its people.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia:
“The Somali people have waited a long time to see progress, and it remains fragile. That is why I conclude by urging all of Somalia’s political leaders to pull back from confrontation and avoid risky winner-take-all tactics. Instead, this is a time to pursue dialogue and compromise to reach an inclusive and credible political agreement to hold elections as soon as possible based on the 17 September model.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Somalia:
“Despite recent events, the President’s invitation to the remaining two fellow member state leaders stands without delay. Because rebuilding an inclusive, progressive, and prosperous Somalia is fundamental for all Somalis. It is the commitment of this government to honour this noble objective by delivering free and fair elections while continuing to safeguard the physical health and financial future of the Somali people.”
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STORYLINE
The Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), today (22 Feb) told the Security Council that “growing political tensions threaten Somalia’s state-building progress and even security unless they are resolved through dialogue and compromise in the interest of the country.”

Briefing via video teleconference (VTC), James Swan, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Somalia, said, “unfortunately, instead we are seeing increased brinkmanship, pressure tactics, and tests of strength that can only heighten risks.”

The political standoff, he said, “has blocked implementation of the electoral model agreed by the Federal Government of Somalia President and Federal Member State leaders on 17 September 2020.”

Swan said the consensus-based 17 September model “offers the best available option to proceed quickly to an electoral process for selection of members of parliament, senators, and the president” and would “minimize further delays in Somalia’s four-year transition cycle, ensure that the chosen national leaders have a clear mandate and are widely accepted, and allow the country to turn its attention from the current political competition to other vital national priorities in the interest of its people.”

He said, “the Somali people have waited a long time to see progress, and it remains fragile,” and urged Somalia’s political leaders “to pull back from confrontation and avoid risky winner-take-all tactics.”

For his part, Somalia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud, said, “despite recent events, the President’s invitation to the remaining two fellow member state leaders stands without delay. Because rebuilding an inclusive, progressive, and prosperous Somalia is fundamental for all Somalis. It is the commitment of this government to honour this noble objective by delivering free and fair elections while continuing to safeguard the physical health and financial future of the Somali people.”

According to the 17 September 2020 agreement, parliamentary elections were to be held from 1 to 27 December and presidential elections on 8 February.
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