February 20th, 2012 13:22 EST
UN Chief Ban Praises Political Agreement Reached By Somalis
Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the political agreement reached by Somalis at a national constitutional conference, saying the accord sets out clear steps for ending the transition and putting in place a constitutional order " in the war-scarred, impoverished country.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the stakeholders who took part in the so-called Garowe II conference, which wrapped up on Friday, deserved credit for reaching the agreement.
The Secretary-General applauds the spirit of unity and commitment demonstrated by the Roadmap signatories as well as representatives from the areas recently recovered from Al-Shabaab who participated, " the statement noted.
Senior members of Somalia`s Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs), parliamentary leaders and representatives of self-declared autonomous regions within Somalia all took part in the conference, which was held in Garowe, Puntland.
Augustine Mahiga, the Secretary-General`s Special Representative for Somalia, also participated in the conference, which took place less than a week before the international community gathers in London for a major conference on the way forward for Somalia.
The TFIs are in the process of implementing a roadmap devised in September last year. That roadmap spells out priority measures to be carried out before the current transitional governing arrangements end in August.
Mr. Ban said in today`s statement that he particularly welcomed the commitment to include a minimum of 30 per cent women in the Independent Electoral Commission, the Constituent Assembly and the new Federal Parliament.
The Secretary-General looks forward to full and timely implementation of the commitments made, " the statement stressed, adding that the United Nations is ready to provide comprehensive support for their implementation. "
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