The United Nations Security Council has expressed concern over the recent fighting in Sool region between Somaliland and Puntland troops, calling on both sides to stop hostilities and engage in dialogue.
The 15‑member UN body also called on the parties to the conflict to allow unhindered humanitarian access in the region.
“The Security Council notes with concern recent fighting in the Sool region of northern Somalia…[and] urges parties to implement, without delay, their commitment to international partners to an immediate cessation of hostilities, including refraining from statements or actions that may raise tensions,” it’s statement read in part.
The two sides are fighting for control of the disputed village of Tukarak in Sool region.
Meanwhile, the Council voiced concern over alleged abduction and use of child soldiers, as well as sexual and gender‑based violence in Somalia.
“The Security Council expresses concern about all violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights in Somalia, including the continued abduction and use of child soldiers and sexual and gender‑based violence,” it said.
The Council also called for the acceleration of the implementation of “the national security architecture agreement to provide the foundation for a successful transition” before AU troops leave in 2020.
“The Security Council urges the federal Government and federal member states to prioritize efforts in this regard.”