Press Release: UN Envoy to Somalia attends Galmudug Presidential inauguration (24.07.2014)

ADAADO – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Nicholas Kay congratulated President Abdikarim Hussein Guled and Vice President Mohamed Hashi Abdi of the Galmudug Interim Regional Administration on the occasion of the presidential inauguration in Adaado yesterday.

The event was marked with fanfare and attended by the President of Somalia H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, Somali clan and religious leaders as well as representatives from the AU, EU, Turkey and the IGAD member states of Uganda and Ethiopia, Ministers and Members of Parliament from the Federal Government of Somalia, officials from the Interim South West Administration (ISWA) led by President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, and the deputy president of Galmudug Mohamed Hashi Abdi.

Speaking at a ceremony held in Adaado, SRSG Kay said, “I congratulate President Abdikarim Hussein Guled and Vice President Mohamed Hashi Abdi. You have been elected and entrusted by the Galmudug Parliament to take on huge responsibility in building the governance of this region; to ensure fairness in delivering services, and to provide security to the population.”

SRSG Kay also congratulated the Federal Government of Somalia, the Technical Committee, clan representatives, and the people of Galmudug for their efforts.

“I encourage the Federal Government and the GIA to reach out and work constructively to resolve any differences with Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a through dialogue and consultations to find a lasting settlement,” said SRSG Kay. “The international community is ready to support mediation efforts.”

ENDS

//advised leaders of the newly-formed Galmudug Regional Administration to uphold reconciliation and peaceful resolution of all pertaining conflicts.

We all have to work together to help to find an accommodation with Al Sunnah wal Jamaah. We all have to do that. This is now the time for politics, for negotiation, for discussion. This is not the time for the barrel of the gun. United Nations and the international community will provide any support where it is necessary, to help with finding a solution to that problem.”

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