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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

United Nations Special Representative to Visit Somalia for

Nairobi - 24 October 2005: The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia (SRSG), Francois Lonseny Fall, will travel to Jowhar, Somalia tomorrow (Tuesday, 25 October) for consultations with President, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed. The visit is part of an ongoing effort to find a peaceful solution to differences within the Somali Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs).
Those differences include the location of the TFIs. President Yusuf and Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi, have relocated to Jowhar, maintaining that Mogadishu is insecure. The Speaker of the Parliament, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, some cabinet members and a number of Parliamentarians, insist that Mogadishu is safe and that the Government belongs there. Ambassador Fall has urged all Cabinet Ministers to enter into a dialogue that will move them closer to reconciliation.
The Security Council this month expressed its deep concern about the persistent state of insecurity in Somalia and the absence of political dialogue. The Council also urged the international community and neighbouring countries to continue to support an inclusive political dialogue among the TFI leaders.
Ambassador Fall’s visit follows recent consultations on the Somalia situation with leaders in Moscow, Stockholm, Cairo, Addis Ababa and at the EC/EU headquarters in Brussels. Ambassador Fall has also maintained close contact with the League of Arab States, the Commission of the African Union and countries of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Source: United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Oct. 24, 2005

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