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UK, US and EU envoys call for withdrawal of forces from disputed areas

Envoys express profound concern about the deployment of armed forces within disputed areas between Somaliland and Puntland

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Ambassador Neil Wigan
UK Ambassador to Somalia Neil Wigan

United Kingdom Ambassador to Somalia Neil Wigan, United States Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty, and European Union Special Envoy to Somalia Ambassador Michele Cervoned’Urso express profound concern about the deployment of armed forces within disputed areas between Somaliland and Puntland.

We call for the immediate withdrawal of armed forces from the disputed areas of Sool and Sanaag regions, and call on all actors to refrain from violence. We urge restraint and oppose the use of force. All parties must make immediate efforts to resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue and demonstrate genuine willingness to create the conditions necessary for long-term and durable stability in the region.

The UK Ambassador, U.S. Special Representative, and the EU Special Envoy urge the Somaliland and Puntland authorities to collaborate with local communities and find constructive ways to address jointly the economic, developmental, and humanitarian grievances of the populations of the disputed regions, without prejudice to their competing claims on these areas. They express their commitment to help all parties to seek compromise and work toward durable peace and stability in the region.

Published 17 June 2014
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