James Swan: Somalia is in danger

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The United Nations Special Representative to Somalia James Swan said the escalating political crisis in Somalia threatens the progress in rebuilding Somalia’s system of government and even the security situation.

Swan expressed concern about the confrontation, pressure tactics and assertiveness which he said was threatening the situation in the country.

He said the agreement reached on September 17th is the best way to overcome the delay in the elections, and to ensure that Somali leaders have a clear mandate to carry out their duties and return to prioritizing national agendas.

He said verbal rivalries are intensifying, and the February 19th incident disrupted a conference in Mogadishu to finalize the September 17 agreement.

He further added that they were working to bring the two administrations of Jubbaland and Puntland into the talks. BY OSMAN HUSSEIN ALI