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IGAD Assembly Address Current State of Affairs in Somalia

During the Eighteenth Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government on the Activities in Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia on July 4, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) representatives from Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti met to discuss the current state of affairs in Eritrea, Sudan, and Somalia.

According to the IGAD press release, various Somali related issues were discussed in depth. The Assembly welcomed the recent signing of the Kampala Accord and expressed support for all decisions outlined in the KA.

The Assembly also encouraged the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to complete all tasks within the given timeframe, while accepting the new Prime Minister and encouraging him to complete his cabinet in a reasonable amount of time.

As stated in the press realease, the Assembly acknowledged the AMISOM troops (especially of Uganda and Burundi) for their work thus far to promote peace and stability within Somalia. The African leaders and governments also encouraged the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) to immediately relocate their posts to Mogadishu in order to promote peace in Somalia more effectively.

The Assembly made it clear that IGAD should be considered in each arrangement made regarding Somalia. The Assembly also called for further human and material resources from international partners in pursuit of a stable in Somalia.

According to press release, the Assembly beleives that the current drought in Somalia should also be addressed further by the international community, as it has become a serious humanitarian crisis.

The Assembly also offered the idea of creating a reconciliation commission, comprised of various African government leaders, to aid in promoting national reconciliation and peace within Somalia.