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UN released joint statement on the situation in gedo region

Storyline:National News, Security

Somalia’s international partners released press statement concerning of security forces in the Gedo region of Jubaland regional state. UN press comes after federal government troops and Jubaland forces led by fugitive minister Abdirashid Janan clashes broke out the border town of Belet Hawo and Mandera on 2 March that has resulted in the displacement of civilians and casualties.

“We urgently call upon all actors to exercise restraint, to reduce the presence of security forces in Gedo, and to avoid any actions that could spark violence. We note the importance of stability and good cooperation among Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in their common border area where they have shared security interests” said the statement.

According to the statement, the partners welcome the communication between President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ and President Uhuru Kenyatta on 5 March and encourage the leaders to continue to deescalate tensions in the border of Kenya and Somalia.

The partners also ask collaboration and dialogue between the Federal Government of Somalia and Jubaland authorities to improve the fight against al-Shabaab adding to call for any individuals accused of crimes or human rights violations to be arrested and subject to due process following the rule of law.

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