(21-11-23) MOGADISHU — The international community has raised grave concerns over the escalating situation in Garowe, capital city of Puntland, following the recent military mobilisation in the city. According to a recent press release, the presence of the army has instilled fear among the people, leading to significant disruptions including the closure of schools and displacement of families.
The statement released on Tuesday highlighted that there is no justification for violence or threats of force. Emphasising the importance of resolving complaints through peaceful dialogue, the international community called upon all parties to seek amicable solutions to their differences.
Concerns were particularly directed towards the impact of the unrest on civilians. International partners urged for an immediate de-escalation of tensions and a return to tranquillity. The statement stressed the need for political stakeholders to engage in dialogue as the primary means to address and resolve conflicts.
The deteriorating situation has led to a change in plans for representatives of the international community, who were scheduled to visit Garowe for talks with the opposition and President Deni. However, the rising tensions have resulted in the postponement of their trip to Puntland, leaving the state in a state of heightened uncertainty.