Somalilandsun:IGAD has welcomed the proposed initiative to reopen dialogue among the Somali stakeholders to resolve the ongoing political impasse.
“Dialogue is an important process that provides space for confidence and trust building, and, is an essential prerequisite for comprehensive settlement of all outstanding issues” read a statement from the regional body adding that
It encourages all stakeholders to give the new initiative a chance, and re-engage in an open, frank and constructive dialogue in the best interest of the people of Somalia and with a view to unlocking the political stalement. IGAD reiterates that dialogue remains the best option for national cohesion, inclusive politics, peace building, reconciliation, human security and stability.
IGAD strongly urges all Somali leaders to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any actions that will further escalate tensions or lead to confrontation; and in this regard, calls upon all stakeholders to prioritise dialogue in their political aspiration.
IGAD values the important role of multilateral engagements in enhancing political cohesion and reconciliation, and to this end, stands ready to avail its good offices to support the proposed African Union initiative. Further, IGAD will continue to support the people of Somalia in their quest for peace, democracy and stability. ### ends
Envisioned as the premier regional organization for achieving peace, prosperity and regional integration IGAD was created in 1996 to supersede the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development(IGADD), which was founded in 1986
With the assembly of heads of States and government the supreme policy making organ of a region that stretches over an area of 5.2 million km2, IGAD comprises the countries of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.