Top UN envoy welcomes agreement on presidential polls in Somaliland
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, hailed the parties for taking a “courageous step towards a peaceful and successful outcome to the impasse that had characterized their political life of late.”
The Memorandum of Understanding signed by officials, he said, is a “step in the right direction” which should result in a free and fair plebiscite.
The agreement is a “testament to the Somalilanders’ tradition of resolving internal conflict peacefully as well as a credit to the public officials who understand their role as civil servants,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah noted.
It should also encourage all Somalis to achieve peace through dialogue, compromise and tolerance, he stressed.
“Violence will never achieve what peaceful dialogue can.”