LONDON (Sh.M.Network) – Britain cautiously welcomed the political progress achieved in Somalia. In a statement, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said Tuesday that convening a new federal national parliament gives the people of Somalia a stake in their political future for the first time in a generation.
“This is a welcome first step towards their goal of building a credible, legitimate and accountable government. We will continue to do all we can to support Somalia to achieve this”, Burt, who is responsible for Mideast affairs, said.
He urged all parties to finish what they have started within the next few days: appoint the remaining parliamentarians quickly, fulfill the quotas for women, and appoint a Speaker and President as soon as possible.
Burt warned that anyone who tries to spoil or delay the end of transition, or deny the Somali people the opportunity for a more representative and legitimate government should be held to account.