4 May 2013

Somalia: IGAD to Send "Confidence-Building Mission" to Kismayo

Kismayo, Somalia — The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) stated on Saturday that it would be sending a "confidence-building mission" to Kismayo where the Jubaland state building conference is ongoing, Garowe Online reports.

The statement by IGAD made on Friday in Addis Ababa said that it would be sending a "confidence-building mission led by the Executive Secretary and composed of representatives of the federal government of Somalia".

IGAD leaders met in Addis Ababa for the 21st Extraordinary Summit to discuss the situation of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

The move to send IGAD Executive Secretary comes as the Jubaland process is reaching its final stages. According to officials inside the Jubaland conference, the Vice President will be chosen in the coming days.

Although the Jubaland process has been opposed by the Somali Federal Government (SFG), IGAD has backed the process since its infancy. The Jubaland conference which has been a community led process saw the Jubaland state Constitution ratified by 870 delegates last month.

In a Jubaland state press release, the emerging state accused SFG President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of violating the Federal Constitution.

READ: Jubaland accuses Somalia president of 'violating Federal Constitution'

The leaders also agreed to support the "ongoing political outreach and reconciliation processes led by the Somali Federal Government".

President Hassan visited Puntland last week where he met with Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole. Although the two did not agree on the Jubaland conference they did agree on further dialogue and consultation.

President Hassan arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday after returning from the summit in Addis on Friday.

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