India has termed as “disappointing” the political impasse over the holding of elections in Somalia and said this delay will embolden Al-Shabaab and other armed groups to gain ground and continue their terror acts that will subvert democratic gains made so far.
“Today, Somalia is yet again facing a political deadlock, which is threatening the progress achieved in recent years towards attaining stabilisation. The political impasse over the holding of elections is indeed disappointing,” India’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti said on Feb. 22 at the U.N. Security Council meeting on Somalia.
He said it has been more than five months since the signing of the agreement in September last year between the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States.
However, “contrary to our expectations,” the meeting between Somalia’s leaders planned initially for February 15 and then February 18-19 did not take place. Emphasising that it is important that Somali leaders engage in constructive dialogue to resolve the issues that are delaying the holding of elections, Mr. Tirumurti said “we now expect an early decision of the leaders towards holding of elections soon”.
He said New Delhi welcomes the February 16 announcement that the Technical Committee representing the Federal Government and the Federal Member States identified solutions to outstanding electoral issues and that these have been submitted to the National Consultative Council.
“There is little doubt that the longer it takes to hold elections, the more complicated the situation will become. The delay will only embolden Al-shabaab and other armed groups to gain more ground and continue their terror acts