Sep 07, 2009

Somaliland: UN Envoy Welcomes UN Delegation

Active ImageUnited Nations envoy for Somalia welcome a visit to Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Somaliland


Below is an article published by China View:

A United Nations top envoy for Somalia on Friday [4th September 2009] welcome a visit to Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Somaliland by a delegation of UN officials from the Somalia office.

The delegation from UNPOS, led by the UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia Charles Petrie, visited Somaliland this week to meet officials, with a focus on the continued and strengthened engagement of UNPOS in Somaliland.

UN Special Representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said in a statement issued in Nairobi that the delegation also met members of the government as well as various political parties and civil society representatives to hear their viewpoints.

"Somaliland has an impressive history of resolving its internal tensions peacefully and I hope this tradition will be used to address the current challenges," said Ould- Abdallah.

The delegation held a constructive meeting with President DahirRiyale Kahin. Ould-Abdallah said he hoped it was proof of Somaliland's determination to move towards peace and compromise.

"For the past two decades Somali landers have followed the path of dialogue and denounced violence," he added. "I believe Somaliland can provide many lessons in finding peaceful solutions to the internal crisis."