The Prime Minister of Somalia Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali had a meeting with AU, IGAD and East African Community Representatives on the sidelines of the 21stICG meeting in Djibouti on Monday 06 February 2012 to discuss the Transitional Federal Government’s strategy and policy for Stabilization & Reconciliation Plan in the newly liberated areas of Somalia.
Participants of this important meeting included President Jerry Rawlings, AU Special Envoy to Somalia, Ambassador Boubacar Diarra, AU Special Representative of the Chairperson, Ambassador Wafula, Deputy SRCC Ambassador Kirwa, IGAD Representative to Somalia Hon.. Kiraso Beatrice Birungi, Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community Secretariat. TFG Ministers in attendance were Abdisamad M. Hassan, Minister of Interior & National Security, Abdirahman Hosh, Minister of Constitution, Federalism and Reconciliation, and Abdullahi Godah Barre, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation.
The main topic of this special meeting was the importance of supporting TFG’s National Reconciliation and Stabilization Plan as the main plan for the newly liberated areas. The participants emphasized the urgent need for coordinated approach between TFG, AU and IGAD and proposed the convening of a follow up high level Ministerial Meeting on this topic.
The Prime Minister of Somalia thanked the AU and IGAD for their tireless efforts in helping Somalia to get back on its feet. He commended the successes of TFG, AMISOM, Kenya and Ethiopia Forces. He emphasized the importance of implementing the TFG Reconciliation & Stabilization Plan in order to consolidate the hard won peace and to set up legitimate local governance institutions that can provide basic services to the local people.
The Prime Minister and Participants welcomed the ICG’s commitments towards local stabilization in Somalia with a view to deter the return of warlords or Al-Shabaab in these areas.
The TFG has successfully implemented Mogadishu Stabilization Plan and all 16 districts in the capital have peace committees and District administrations. Security Institutions work together with local people and the City Mayor to sustain the peace and stability. TFG is committed to bottom up approach and to fostering local ownership by engaging with local communities.
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