The United Nations Security Council has convened a special session on the situation in Somalia. The meeting was rather much different from the previous one that took place virtually, and was attended in person by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia James Swan.
James Swan and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) gave a lengthy briefing on the situation in Somalia over the past three months, before the Assembly’s permanent and successive member states presented their reports.
James Swan’s report summarizes the election situation in the country, the Dhusamareb conference, security, the FGS-Somaliland talks and the humanitarian situation. He also called on the leaders of Puntland and Jubaland to attend the conference.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia has announced that the leaders of Puntland and Jubaland have refused to attend the Dhusamareb 3 conference, following attempts by key stakeholders.
Reports this morning said that Said Deni and Ahmed Madobe were persuaded to attend the conference, but sources at Villa Somalia told BTV that they’ve changed their position again today.
“I understand that there are different views among political leaders. However, at such times it is time for national leaders to discuss and come up with their best ideas to find a solution that addresses the interests of the Somali people, ”said James Swan.
“We are saddened that the Presidents of Puntland, Said Abdullahi Deni and Jubbaland, Ahmed Islam Madobe, are absent from this important conference in Dhusamareb. It was a disappointment that they refused to attend the conference, despite numerous requests from Somali leaders and the international community. ”
James Swan says the solution for Somalia is only a broad-based political agreement, as there is no Constitutional Court and a reliable judiciary to resolve constitutional disputes.
Said Deni and Ahmed Madobe, who are complaining about the federal government’s previous promises, are demanding that the international community be present at the talks, but it does not appear that Villa Somalia will accept the offer.