Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Somalia, 18 September 2021

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The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ireland):

The members of the Security Council were briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary‑General on the current situation in Somalia.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern about the ongoing disagreement within the Somali Government and the negative impact on the electoral timetable and process. They urged all stakeholders to exercise restraint, and underlined the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability in Somalia.

The members of the Security Council urged all parties to resolve their differences through dialogue for the good of Somalia and to prioritize the peaceful conduct of transparent, credible and inclusive elections within the agreed timelines and in accordance with the 17 September and 27 May agreements.

The members of the Security Council urged the Federal Government and the federal member states to ensure that any political differences do not divert from united action against Al‑Shabaab and other militant groups.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their respect for the sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and unity of Somalia.

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