UN Special Representative for Somalia: Transition must end in August UN Special Representative for Somalia: Transition must end in August
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For Immediate Release
PRESS RELEASE 03/2011
Nairobi, 26 January 2011 – Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, announced that a Special High Level Meeting on Somalia will take place in Addis Ababa on the side lines of the African Union Summit which opened today. The meeting, jointly convened by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Jean Ping, Chairman of the African Union Commission, will review the current status of the peace process in Somalia. The meeting comes at a very crucial juncture in the Somali peace process, Dr. Mahiga said.
“We have less than seven months before the end of the transition, and yet a lot still has to be done.”
Dr. Mahiga announced that the Transitional Federal Government has come up with a Roadmap, outlining priority tasks which it will have to accomplish towards the end of the transition.
“There was unanimous agreement, both inside and outside Somalia, that the transitional period has to end in August as envisaged under the Djibouti Peace Agreement. In the meantime, consultations are underway to develop a consensus on how to end the transition and on the nature of post-transition political arrangements,” Dr. Mahiga said.
What should follow the end of the transition, Dr. Mahiga emphasized, should begin with internal consultations among the Somalis themselves in an all inclusive process that encompasses all stakeholders in order to build consensus on the way forward.