20 October 2014 The UN envoy for Somalia condemned today an attack on African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as rival clans caused insecurity in the area, which is near the centre of the East African country.
“I condemn yesterday’s attack on AMISOM troops near the village of Deefow in Hiiraan region. They were in the area to calm the situation and promote reconciliation,” declared Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, in a press statement.
According to the UN, armed men and rioters blocked and attacked AMISOM troops yesterday morning while they were on a mission to help restore peace near the village of Deefow.
“The situation will not be resolved by further violence. Local leaders and traditional elders must work together to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue in full co-operation with the federal and regional governments,” said Mr. Kay.
The envoy also underscored that the Somali people have suffered enough and know that no good can come from further violence and insecurity.
“We remain committed to supporting the Somali people, the Federal Government and AMISOM, as they work together to restore peace.” said Mr. Kay, also extending his sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed or injured as a result of the conflict in Hiiraan region.
Source: UN News Centre – Africa