Somalia: Jubaland Reconciliation Conference concluded with Peace Deal

 

rasaasaMogadishu, Somalia Nov.6, 2013 – A three-day reconciliation conference held for representatives of different clans and political groups from Jubaland has been concluded with six points of agreement in Mogadishu in the presence of representatives of the international community and neighboring countries and Federal Government of Somalia officials on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.

Following broad discussions, Jubaland delegates officially recognized Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) as the legitimate leader of Jubba Interim Administration ending months of wrangles over the outcome of Jubaland convention in May this year.

The conference participants also agreed to refrain from any actions and statements inconsistent with the terms of the peace deal and may spark hostilities as well as to work for a common purpose to garner huge support for Jubaland administration which was formed by 500 representatives from Lower Jubba, Middle Jubba and Gedo regions.

According to the peace deal, to ensure lasting peace across Somalia in general and Jubaland in particular, the delegates agreed on the liberation of the areas under the control of Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab militants.

In an effort to root out the armed violence in Jubaland, the warring militias in the outskirts of Kismayo will be returned to Kismayo.

IGAD-brokered bilateral talks between Somalia Federal Government and Jubaland Administration in Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in August paved the way Mogadishu Reconciliation Conference and a follow-up conference that will be held in Kismayo where rival militias fought each other over the control of the lucrative seaport.

Though, Ahmed Madobe was elected as Jubaland president at a huge convention in the strategic Kismayo port in May, Mogadishu-based Federal Government initially showed extreme reluctance to recognize him.

Last Thursday, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arrived in Kismayo, about 500km south of Mogadishu for first visit since being elected in September 2012.

 

Source:Garowe Online