The 16th meeting of the International Contact Group on Somalia (ICG) has welcomed the TFG’s commitment to continue its outreach efforts to all groups willing to cooperate and ready to renounce violence and encourage the TFG to continue and expand its efforts to have a peaceful Somalia, Following yesterday’s meeting held in Jeddah under the chairmanship of the UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah,The ICG reiterates IGAD’s position that the Djibouti process is the framework within which all international efforts should be undertaken and that reconciliation steps should continue to empower and support the TFG. The meeting called on all groups and factions to join the Djibouti process and work with the Transitional Federal Government which is the legitimate and internationally recognised Government of Somalia.
The ICG further condemned the continuing violence perpetrated against Somali civilians by extremists, in particular the suicide bomb attack on the graduation ceremony in Mogadishu on 3 December 2009. The meeting also resolved that The TFG should pay allowances to some of its security forces and to consolidate its central command structure. However ICG members reiterated their full support for the excellent work carried out by AMISOM and recognizes the sacrifices of its brave troops. The ICG further called on the international community to provide coordinated, timely and sustained support to build Somalia’s security institutions including the provision of stipends following the completion of training.
The ICG deplored the continuing scourge of piracy which has had a devastating effect on the lives of those in Somalia and the region as well as international trade. The ICG praised the international maritime presence in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden and thanked them for recognising that the causes of piracy are on land and must be addressed urgently.
Participants who took parts in the talks were drawn from, African Union, European Union, Gulf Cooperation Council, IGAD, Islamic Development Bank, League of Arab States, Organization of Islamic Conference, United Nations, World Bank, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States, Yemen.
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