Press Releaes: Puntland Position on One-sided ‘National Conference’ in Mogadishu

 

puntland-stateAugust 25, 2013 – Punt land has issued a defiant statement against a political agenda of the federal government it is penalizing off the autonomous states in the country.

PRESS RELEASE
25 August 2013
It has come to the knowledge of Puntland Government that the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) is planning to organize a one-sided, self-proclaimed ‘National Conference’ in Mogadishu and FGS has produced a brief document regarding this conference, entitled “Vision 2016: Transitioning Towards Democracy”.
The final draft of the conference’s Concept Note, produced in August 2013, envisions a ‘National Conference’ to be held in Mogadishu, September 2-6, 2013, and the conference agenda reflects the subversive political attitude of FGS, aiming to marginalize the States and pursue a collision course between the center (Federal Government) and the periphery (the States). In light of Puntland Government’s decision of August 5 to suspend all relations and cooperation with FGS, the people and Government of Puntland will have no representatives whatsoever at the planned conference in Mogadishu, as the foundation of national governance is lacking (agreed constitution) and the basis for cooperation is absent.
Puntland Government openly welcomes constructive dialogue among Somali legitimate authorities regarding the country’s political future, provided that the country’s agreed constitution is adhered to as basis for national law.