A statement issued by the IGAD leaders and published on the IGAD website said that the resolution of the Las Anod crisis lies with the President of Djibouti, Ismail Ommar Guelleh, and that it is necessary to end the Las Anod crisis through peace and dialogue.
The Executive Secretary of IGAD’s State Government, Workneh Gebeyehu (Ph.D.), released the statement issued by IGAD on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.
The statement issued by IGAD reads as follows:
IGAD Responding, Resolving & Recovering from Conflict.
“Fourthly, we turn now to the Federal Republic of Somalia which continues to make gradual and consistent progress towards stabilization. The successful conclusion of elections in May is evidence of this process.
Regarding the threat of terrorism that seeks to unsuccessfully weaken the unity of our region, IGAD commends the government, security forces and people of Somalia for the recent gains and sustained efforts to counter the influence of the Al-Shabab terrorist group.
Let us also note that these positive efforts have not gone unanswered because the terrorist group has increased its activities and attacked targets in even the most highly secured areas.
2023 is therefore a critical year for the fight against terrorism in Somalia. We call upon IGAD Member States and the international community at large to scale-up support to H.E. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the Somali National Security Forces to finally neutralize the group.
Specifically, IGAD appeals for increased regional, continental and international support for the AU Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) which working together with the Somalia Security Forces, are positioned to have a more lasting and effective remedy to the problem of terrorism in Somalia, with a strong emphasis on the protection of civilians.
At the political and diplomatic level, IGAD shall continue to work with our partners within the quartet framework that convenes IGAD, the AU, the EU and the UN to coordinate joint efforts towards ensuring peace, security and development in our sister member state.
We also take note of the recent tensions in Las Anod at the end of 2022 which became a matter of concern considering the significant number of civilian deaths and casualties.
In this regard, the Somaliland issue continues to require our full attention towards a peaceful resolution. At this point, IGAD appreciates the mediation efforts made so far by H.E. President Ismail Omar Gulleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti and further encourages his continued engagement.
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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.