International partners have welcomed the agreement reached between the Somali government and the leadership of Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ), a moderate Islamic group based in central region.
The partners including the Africa Union, UN, EU and the U.S. among others hailed tireless efforts made by the government, ASWJ leadership and other concerned stakeholders to resolve points of difference through dialogue and compromise.
“We believe this is an important step towards establishing a unified and stable administration in Galmudug, which will be essential in order to advance Somalia’s national priorities for 2020,” the partners said in a joint statement issued on Friday evening.
The statement came after the government and moderate militant group on Wednesday reached agreement in the ongoing election process in Galmudug state in central Somalia.
The two sides were previously divided on the process mainly on the number of regional assembly members set aside for the Sufi religious group. But Mogadishu said the group has agreed to the allocation of 20 members out of a total of 89 regional parliament members to be selected before the end of the year, breaking the stalemate that had threatened peace in the region.
They also agreed to share the seats in what could end a potential renewal of conflict ahead of the elections.
The partners encouraged all concerned to continue their efforts and underlined the significance of an inclusive process that reflected the aspirations of all the communities of Galmudug, and that results in a fair, credible and transparent outcome acceptable to the people of Galmudug.
The government on July 4 launched the exercise to integrate ASWJ into Somali security forces in Dhusamareb.
The ASWJ militants, who are opposed to the al-Shabab militant group but sympathetic to Somalis central government, will be integrated into the security agencies that include the army, police, intelligence service, and custodial corps. Enditem