The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Mission Commission for Somalia (SRCC) Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif has welcomed the agreement in Mogadishu between representatives of the South West-6 Group and the South West-3 Group to form an interim administration for the 3 regions of Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle.
Under the agreement negotiated by the Federal Government of Somalia, partners committed to begin the process of establishing the interim administration within 30 years. The agreement also respects the Addis Ababa accord that established the Interim Jubba Administration in August 2013.
“This agreement is a watershed moment for the federalism process in Somalia. It is a display of the overwhelming will to build consensus on key issues that affect the Somali people today,” said Ambassador Annadif .
In March, AMISOM expressed its concern when parallel processes aimed at establishing a federal state turned violent. AMISOM has supported the Federal Government of Somalia in its dialogue and reconciliation efforts.
“I congratulate the Federal Government and the stakeholders but above all, I laud the patience and determination of the Somali people to a better future,” said Ambassador Annadif adding that AMISOM would continue to support the government and its institutions.
As part of its mandate, AMISOM has supported dialogue and reconciliation since its initial deployment in 2007.