Somalia urged to Embrace Ceasefire in Las Anod Conflict
Somalia: Urgent Call for Ceasefire in Las Anod Conflict
The international community is urging an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing conflict in Las Anod, Somalia. Deadly clashes between the Northern Somalia army and the SSC-Khatumo forces have resulted in multiple fatalities, including members of the security forces. The fighting is centered around the breakaway region, where tensions have escalated due to a dispute over the administration of the Sool region.
In a press conference, President Muse Bihi Abdi of Northern Somalia acknowledged the significant losses his soldiers have endured in battle. The SSC-Khatumo forces launched an attack on one of the Forward Operating Bases, resulting in the capture of numerous soldiers.
The international partners are deeply concerned about the potential escalation of violence beyond Las Anod, which could cause catastrophic damage. It is estimated that over 250 individuals have lost their lives in the clashes so far. In light of this, the international community emphasizes the need for a ceasefire and the release of prisoners of war. They also stress the importance of upholding human rights as established by international law.
The international partners are urging both parties to engage in dialogue and seek peaceful resolutions to their issues. They call for an end to the mobilization of fighters and the supply of arms. In addition, unrestricted humanitarian access and the delivery of assistance to those in need must be ensured. The parties are urged to refrain from using divisive rhetoric and instead address grievances through peaceful means.
President Muse Bihi Abdi has vowed retaliation following the losses suffered by his soldiers, while the SSC-Khatumo forces remain determined to defend their territory and seek administration from Mogadishu. However, international recognition of Northern Somalia as a separate region from Somalia has been met with resistance, and the region continues to operate with a parallel government while still being part of Somalia.