The African Union (AU) has hailed Somalia's transitional
government (TFG) and the opposition for signing the implementation step of the
Djibouti agreement aimed at addressing the country's instability. The AU also
praised what is described as the enthusiasm exhibited by both parties in
pledging to abide by the tenets of the agreement and to address the plight of
the suffering masses. Ambassador Nicolah Bwakira is the African Union's special
envoy to Somalia, who chaired the signing of the agreement. He tells reporter
Peter Clottey from the AU's headquarters in Addis Ababa that both parties
showed a determination to bring stability to Somalia.
meeting was cordial, and there were frank and open discussions. When the two
parties had a problem, they discussed those problems in a very frank manner. So
the meeting went very well and the conclusion was very positive because they
were able to reach consensus on all points. The meeting had two committees, the
high level political committee and the joint security committee. So they
concentrated on political issues, on security issues, and humanitarian issues
such as access to humanitarian assistance and human rights," Bwakira noted.
said both the transitional government and the opposition showed resolve to
solve the country's problems.
to show how enthusiastic they were, and I really like to say this to all
Somalis who were not in Djibouti, those inside Somalia and those outside in the
Diaspora, they were very concrete decisions such as meeting on monthly basis
for the two committees. Such as meeting in Somalia when in Mogadishu when the
security situation allows. They were eager to send a strong message to the
Somali population that their concerns were not about greed for power, but to
help solve the problems of the Somali population. So, they were absolutely
sincere committed frank and open. So, the fact that they agreed to meet on a
monthly basis shows their determination to take this process forward on a
regular basis even if necessary to meet more often than once a month," he said.
said both sides want to restore peace and security to the country.
absolutely one hundred percent sure that both parties are very positive and
committed because they looked at the security situation and they looked at the
humanitarian situation of the Somali population. And they also looked at the
political and justice issues, so they were not theoretical. They were very,
very practical," Bwakira noted.
said the newly signed agreement would be sent to the United Nations Security
Council as a sign of their determination to bring back peace to the country.
that indicates to you as a first point is that the Djibouti agreement, which
was initialed on of June, has now been officially signed and sealed by the two
parties so that it can be presented to the Security Council as an officially
binding legal agreement," he said.
Some political analysts believe the move sends a
strong signal to all Somalis that there is a need for unity to rebuild the
Djibouti agreement, which was first initialed in June, calls for the rapid
deployment of U.N. peacekeepers to halt the bloodshed.
African Union also expressed its determination to support Somalia's
Transitional Federal Government and other Somali stakeholders as they strive to
bring an end to the violence that has plagued Somalia soon after the overthrow
of former President Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991.
Meanwhile, the United
States has welcomed the implementation phase of the process begun by the
Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of
Somalia to promote peace and stability in Somalia.