#Somalia Gov Warning to Spoilers Bent on Disrupting Peace Process


Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (AP file photo)

Transitional Federal Government Spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman told journalists in Mogadishu on Tuesday that the current administration was ready to end the current transition form of administration into a fully functional unity government.The government in Somalia has sounded an unequivocal warning to “spoilers” bent on disrupting the country’s peace process and derail what it called the “swift sailing” of the current transition period.

“Both the Somali government and the international community are clear on this issue. The current transitional period must end in August 2012 and any person seen going contrary to this will be added to the list of spoilers and will face local and international sanctions” the TFG Spokesman said.

The roadmap was the construct of a political agreement between several established political stakeholders in Somalia that seek a consensus among the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), regional administrations, civil society members, moderate religious groups, traditional leaders and business community with observers from the international community.

African Union, United Nations and IGAD has on Tuesday threatened individuals or groups in and out of Somalia trying to jeopardize the roadmap for ending the transition.

The United Nations, the African Union and IGAD jointly issued an unequivocal warning to all potential spoilers and non-compliance of the roadmap saying that such individuals or groups will be referred to the IGAD Council of Ministers for the immediate imposition of measures and restrictions.

In a press release, the three bodies said requests for further sanctions against spoilers may simultaneously be referred to the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea in order to open an investigation under the terms of UN Security Council resolution 1844 of 2008, adding that they will be taking concrete action in the coming weeks.

They said they will take measures against those who seek to prevent or block a peaceful political process, who threaten the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFls) of Somalia by force, or whoever takes action that undermines stability in Somalia or the region.

They said they are moving closer to key benchmarks, such as the convening of the Constituent Assembly, adoption of a new Federal provisional Constitution, selection of a new Parliament, and remain greatly concerned that the roadmap continues to be jeopardized by the actions of individuals and groups in and out of Somalia working to undermine the fragile progress they have collectively made in recent months.

“This communication should act as both a warning and a final opportunity for those standing against peace and progress in Somalia to cease their actions against the process” read a part of the statement.

Source African Press Agency

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