Somalia: Jubaland gains recognition after intense bilateral talks in Ethiopia
Aug 28, 2013 - 2:29:14 PM
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA Aug. 28, 2013 (Garowe Online) –Somalia’s Jubaland Administration has gained its recognition from Federal Government of Somalia after intense bilateral talks in Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.
IGAD brokered talks, which lasted for nearly a week concluded with signing ceremony held in Addis Ababa where the Somali Federal Government’s State Minister for Presidency Farah Abdulkadir and the President of Somalia’s Jubaland Administration Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) exchanged a document entitled “Agreement between the Federal Government of Somalia and Jubba Delegation”.
According to the agreement, In regard to the principles of communiqués of; the meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) adopted at its 21st Extra-ordinary summit on 24th May 2013 which held in Addis Ababa, the meeting of the heads of state and Government of troop contributing countries (TCCs)which held in Ugandan capital of Kampala, considering the efforts of setting up regional administrations, recognizing the legitimate Provisional Federal Constitution (PFC) and respecting the unity of the Federal Republic of Somalia, the two sides agreed on 23 points of Agreement.
The two sides agreed to “change the name of Jubaland to Jubba Interim Administration” with a existent duration of two years and consisting of Lower Jubba, Middle Jubba and Gedo.
Mogadishu-based Federal Government and Jubba Interim Administration also agreed that the administration would be headed by a leader and three Deputies who will be appointed by the current leader Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) in consultation with Federal Government of Somalia.
Ahmed Madobe will be the chairperson of a new Executive Council consisting of the Leader and the three Deputies.
Management of Kismayo Seaport and Airport
Concerning the management of important infrastructures and institutions based in southern port city Kismayo, both parties agreed that the Management of Kismayo Seaport and Airport will be handed over to the Federal Government in Mogadishu in 6 months period; after which the Federal Government of Somalia shall appoint a competent management team in consultation with the Interim Jubba Administration meanwhile the current management of port prevails for the next 6 months.
In addition, the revenues and other resources generated from Kismayo Airport and Seaport will be exclusively utilized and disbursed on the priorities of security, service delivery and institutional building of the Jubbas.
On Wednesday, the two officials supported to integrate all security elements including Raskanboni Brigade which was part of a massive military offensive that librated Kismayo from Al Shabaab extremists and any other militias into the central command of the Somali National Army (SNA) and the regional police will be under the command of the Interim Juba Administration.
Speeding up reconciliation efforts
On the final issue, the two sides which signed the Agreement, State Minister for Presidency Farah Abdulkadir and the President of formerly Jubaland administration and the current leader of Jubba Interim Administration Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) agreed that the Federal Government will convene and organize a reconciliation Conference on completion of Jubba administration in Mogadishu, followed by another peace building conference in Kismayo.
Farah Abdulkadir, who is President Hassan’s close aide and signed the agreement on behalf of Federal Government of Somalia, previously sat down with Ahmed Madobe in Addisababa in June but the talks hit a brick wall.
Ahmed Madobe became the leader of Kismayo Interim Administration and later was elected as Jubaland President in a huge convention which brought together 500 delegates on 15 May,2013 in Kismayo.