STORY: SOMALIA / SRSG KAY – PUNTLAND LOCAL ELECTION VIOLENCE TRT: 3:12 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset

is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST LANGUAGE: SOMALIA/NATS DATELINE: 14 JULY 2013, GAROWE, PUNTLAND SHOTLIST: 1. Wide shot, PUNTLAND Parliament Building 2. Med shot, Puntland and Somali flags flying 3. Med shot, SRSG Kay being welcome by the speaker 4. Wide shot, speaker of parliament meeting SRSG Kay 5. Close up, SRSG Kay listening 6. Med shot, Deputy speakers and other officials at the meeting 7. Close up, Speaker of parliament talking 8. Wide shot, Puntland Parliament chambers 9. Med shot, SRSG Kay inside the chambers 10. Wide shot, parliament chambers 11. SOUNDBITES (English) Special Representative of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay: “ I arrived in Puntland two days ahead of the schedule elections, which I very quickly discovered have been a source of some controversy and some friction. Unfortunately its led to some fighting and violence in one or two places today and we’ve acted very quickly to call for immediate ceasefire, immediate restraint. I have been in active contact with President Farole and with representatives in Gardo and in Galkayo and also with the chairman of the electoral commission here in Garowe. As we speak now, I understand that the judgment has been made by the authorities in Garowe, that a credible and peaceful elections tomorrow is not possible and therefore I understand there will be at least a postponement in those elections. And is that’s the decisions I definitely salute the wisdom of that. Objectively is seems clear that peaceful and credible elections tomorrow is n ot possible.” 12. Wide shot, exterior of the Transitional Election Commission 13. Wide shot, SRSG Kay meeting the head of the Transitional Elections Commission 14. Med shot, SRSG talking during the meeting 15. Med shot, SRSG Kay talking to the commissioner 16. Med shot, head of Election Commission speaking 17. Wide shot, SRSG Nicholas Kay and his team at the meeting 18. Wide shot, meeting at the Transitional Election Commission 19. SOUNDBITES (English) Special Representative of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay:

“Now I think it’s for all parties to sit down together and workout what will be the political way and the security way to ensure credible elections ahead of January 2014. So its time for people to sit together reconcile their differences and agree a way forward.” 20. Wide shot, SRSG and officials walking outside STORY: The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has called for an immediate end to all hostilities in Puntland, after election-related violence broke out in the towns of Gardo and Galkayo. The violence which erupted a day before scheduled local government elections in the region has led to a number of reported deaths. SRSG Kay was in Puntland for his first visit to the region, since he took up the mantle as the head of the UN Assistance Mission to Somalia (UNSOM). Being on the ground in Garowe gave SRSG Kay the opportunity to meet with the Speaker and other Members of Parliament as well as the head of the Transitional Electoral Commission who is charged with running the elections in the region. “ I arrived in Puntland two days ahead of the scheduled elections, which I very quickly discovered have been a source of some controversy and some friction. Unfortunately it’s led to some fighting and violence in one or two places today and we’ve acted very quickly to call for immediate ceasefire, immediate restraint. I have been in active contact with President Farole and with representatives in Gardo and in Galkayo and also with the chairman of the electoral commission here in Garowe.” SRSG Kay said, “As we speak now, I understand that the judgment has been made by the authorities in Garowe, that a credible and peaceful election tomorrow is not possible and therefore I understand there will be at least a postponement of those elections. And if that’s the decisions I definitely salute the wisdom of that. Objectively it seems clear that (holding)peaceful and credible elections tomorrow is not possible.” The new UN mission under the leadership of SRSG Kay is mandated to support the building of Somalia’s national capacity, peacebuilding, good governance, security sector reform, rule of law, human rights, providing “good offices” for mediation and political reconciliation and coordination of international assistance. “Now I think it’s for all parties to sit down together and workout what will be the political way and the security way to ensure credible elections ahead of January 2014.” Said SRSG Kay, “So its time for people to sit together reconcile their differences and agree a way forward.” With a permanent office in Garowe, UNSOM will be working to assist Somalis with the creation of a Federal State, which is part of its mandate. END.

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