AU expresses concern over Somalia’s TFP crisis
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Jean Ping expressed concern over the lingering dispute in the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP) of Somalia, the AU said.
According to a statement AU sent to media on Tuesday, the Chairperson regretted the inability of some members of the TFP to demonstrate the required maturity and rise to the challenges facing their country.
In particular he noted that the election of a new speaker, in violation of the Kampala Accord of June 2011 and the Mogadishu Political Roadmap of September 2011, can only complicate the ongoing efforts to move forward the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia, the statement said.
It said the Chairperson appealed to the members of the TFP, in line with the call by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) at its meeting held on 5 Jan. 2012 to immediately resolve the ongoing dispute, with due respect for the provisions of the Kampala Accord and other relevant instruments.
He reiterated the determination of the AU to take all necessary measures against individuals engaged in actions aimed at undermining the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia, as well as the efforts of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Ping expressed commitment of the AU to support the peace process in Somalia in collaboration with IGAD and the UN.
The Chairperson reiterated AU’s appreciation for the central role being played by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and its Chair, Ethiopia, and for its continuing commitment to the promotion of lasting peace, security and stability in Somalia, according to the statement.