SA encouraging peace process in Somalia: Minister


South Africa remains concerned about the prevailing situation in Somalia and its impact on the countries of the East Africa Region, South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim I Ebrahim said.

Speaking at the High-Level Segment of the International Conference on Reconstruction and Development in Somalia in Turkey last Sunday , Ebrahim said the ongoing clashes in Mogadishu, south and central Somalia, impacted negatively on the ability of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to advance socio-economic and political stability in the country.
“We are the same time welcome the recent agreements between the TFG and the Administration of Puntland as well as Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaa to strengthen relations among each other.
“We have also noted that the Chairman of Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a, Ma’alin Mahmud Shaikh Hassan, declared on May 7 that the Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) agreement with the TFG has collapsed.
“Nonetheless, we still view the outreach and reconciliation process as a crucial step towards an inclusive political process in the country,” he said.

He added that South Africa remained convinced that the Djibouti peace process was the only viable option for peace in Somalia, and he appealed to those role-players outside the process to cease all hostilities and join the peace process.
“We also appreciate the efforts in the drafting o the new constitution for Somalia and believe that it would greatly assist to make the political process more inclusive and transparent,” the BuaNews Online quoted the deputy minister as saying.