STORY: SOUTH WEST SOMALI REGIONS SIGN

INTERIM RECONCILIATION AGREEMENT
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI/ENGLISH/NATS
DATELINE: 23
rd
/JUNE/2014, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOT LIST

1. Wide shot, Leaders from the South West regions of Somalia at the agreement
signing ceremony at Villa Somalia
2. Med shot, Leaders from the South West regions of Somalia at the ceremony
3. Med shot, Leaders from the South West regions gathered for signing of
agreement
4. Med shot, Mr. Mohamed Abdifatah Ibrahim and Mr. Mohamed Haji Abdinur
signing the agreement
5. Med shot, Somali President H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and Prime Minister
Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed witness the agreement signing
6. Wide shot, Journalists covering the ceremony
7. Med shot, Hon. Lydia Wanyoto Mutende, Deputy Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) and Deputy Special
Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (DSRSG) Philippe
Lazzarini witness the signing of the agreement
9. Wide shot, Deputy SRCC Hon. Lydia wanyoto Mutende and DSRSG Philippe
Lazzarini at the ceremony
10. Close up shot, Journalists covering the agreement signing ceremony
11. Med shot, Leaders from South West regions of Somalia at the ceremony
12. Med shot, Mr. Mohamed Abdifatah Ibrahim and Mr. Mohamed Haji Abdinur
signing the inclusive interim agreement
13. Wide shot, Leaders attending the ceremony
14. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH): HON. LYDIA WANYOTO MUTENDE, DEPUTY
SRCC:
“The signing of today is very significant for the African Union but also for
AMISOM who are on the ground in Somalia to provide as our mandate a
conducive environment for the Somali people themselves to negotiate.”
15. Med shot, Mr. Mohamed Abdifatah Ibrahim and Mr. Mohamed Haji Abdinur
shaking hands with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud after signing the
agreement
16. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI): H.E HASSAN SHEIKH MOHAMOUD, PRESIDENT
OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA:
“Today is the culmination of negotiations based on goodwill. If the negotiations
had been based on distrust, disappointments and divisiveness amongst the
people, then the negotiations, debates and deliberations would not have led to
today. So today’s resolution is testament to the fact that this process was all
along based on goodwill and benevolence.”
17. Med shot, DSRSG Philippe Lazzarini addressing the gathering at the
agreement signing ceremony
18. Close up, Speaker of the Somali Federal Parliament at the agreement signing
ceremony
19. Med shot, Mr. Mohamed Abdifatah Ibrahim and Mr. Mohamed Haji Abdinur
listening
20. Close up, Somali Prime Minister listening
21. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) PHILIPPE LAZZARINI, DSRSG:
“It is absolutely key that interim regional administrations be set up by the end of
the year if we want to bring the country to election in 2016, hence the
importance of this agreement.”
22. Close up shot, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud at the agreement signing
ceremony
23. Wide shot, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, Prime Minister and the
Speaker of Parliament at the ceremony
24. Med shot, Mr. Mohamed Abdifatah Ibrahim and Mr. Mohamed Haji Abdinur
25. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) MOHAMED HAJI ABDINUR, SW3
REPRESENTATIVE:
We have formed this administration and from day 1, we have been calling the
Federal Government of Somalia and the international community to accept and
recognize this administration and finally we have reached that agreement today.
We have reached an interim agreement with the United Nations, with the Somali
government and as well as supported by the whole international community as
we have seen today. Today is a historic day and I am really happy to be part of
this historic day and it will be written again and again the day we started
negotiations peacefully without shedding blood.”
26. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) ABDIFATAH MOHAMED, SW6 REPRESENTATIVE:
“The reason why both sides agreed to come to a compromise today is so that our
people who are suffering can get a reprieve from their plight. We have also
resolved to work on something concrete that is supported by the Federal
Government and have an administration that is supported by the international
community. We also expect that our people’s rights in the Interim Jubba
Administration, which has already been recognized by the government and the
international community will also be met.”

27. Med shot, Leaders from the merging regions in attendance at the agreement
signing ceremony at Villa Somalia



STORY
Somalia has today taken another step towards establishing inclusive federal
states key to the country’s political processes, with warring factions in the South
West regions of Somalia reaching an interim agreement.

Under the agreement negotiated by the Federal Government of Somalia,
representatives of the South-west 6 Group and South-West 3 Group agreed to
form an interim administration for the 3 regions of Bay, Bakool and Lower
Shabelle.
The interim administration is to be established within 30 days and the parties
agreed to respect the Addis Ababa accord that established the Interim
Administration of Juba in August 2013.

Speaking after the agreement was signed today, Hon. Lydia Wanyoto Mutende,
Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union
Commission (SRCC) emphasized the importance of the ceremony, noting that
AMISOM is proud to facilitate an environment where the Somali people can
engage peacefully.

“The signing of today is very significant for the African Union but also for
AMISOM who are on the ground in Somalia to provide as our mandate a
conducive environment for the Somali people themselves to negotiate,” she said.

The Somali President H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud stressed that tolerance and
the engagement among the Somali people are factors towards ensuring unity and
lasting peace.
“Today is the culmination of negotiations based on goodwill. If the negotiations
had been based on distrust, disappointments and divisiveness amongst the
people, then the negotiations, debates and deliberations would not have led to
today. So today’s resolution is testament to the fact that this process was all
along based on goodwill and benevolence,” he said

The importance of such processes to preparations for the 2016 national elections
was also emphasized.
“It is absolutely key that interim regional administrations be set up by the end of
the year if we want to bring the country to election in 2016, hence the
importance of this agreement,” said Philippe Lazzarini, the Deputy Special
Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia.

For the leaders of the South West regions, reaching such an agreement without
shedding blood was a historic milestone.
“We have formed this administration and from day 1, we have been calling on
the Federal Government of Somalia and the international community to accept
and recognize this administration and finally we have reached that agreement
today. We have reached an interim agreement with the United Nations, with the
Somali government and as well as supported by the whole international
community as we have seen today. Today is a historic day and I am really happy
to be part of this historic day and it will be written again and again the day we
started negotiations peacefully without shedding blood,” said Mohamed Haji
Abdinur, SW3 Representative.

The SW6 Representative Abdifatah Mohamed added that the signing of the
agreement today, would allow for peace to prevail in the region.

“The reason why both sides agreed to come to a compromise today is so that our
people who are suffering can get a reprieve from their plight. We have also
resolved to work on something concrete that is supported by the Federal
Government and have an administration that is supported by the international
community. We also expect that our people’s rights in the Interim Jubba
Administration, which has already been recognized by the government and the
international community will also be met,” said.

Efforts towards establishing a federal state in South West Somalia turned violent
early this year, as leaders disagreed on whether it should comprise 6 or 3
regions. The SW3 Group advocated for a federal state comprised of the Bay,
Bakol and Lower Shabelle regions while the SW6 Group backed one comprising
six regions; that is Bay, Bakol, Lower Shabelle, Gedo, Lower Juba and Middle
Juba.

AMISOM forces have supported the government and reconciliation efforts of the
warring factions.

Under the Somali Compact, the Federal Government is charged with initiating
dialogue with regional administrations, facilitating reconciliation efforts among
warring factions and supporting the establishment of effective federal states.
Such processes saw the Interim Administration of Juba established in August last
year and are expected to bear fruit in the Somali South West Regions as well.

END.






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