Addis Ababa (MFASomalia) The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, strongly emphasized the importance of respecting Somalia’s unity and sovereignty. This statement follows Ethiopia’s controversial signing of an illegal agreement with Somaliland administration (the northwestern region of Somalia) on January 1. The Chairperson underscored the need for good neighborly relations between Somalia and Ethiopia to promoteThe emphasis is on diplomatic principles and regional cooperation for the well-being of nations in the area.
Enclosed within these lines is the official media release disseminated by the African Union through its official website, representing the authoritative communication from the organization.
Addis Ababa, 3 January 2024 : The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, has been closely following the tension resulting from signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Ethiopia and the region of Somalia (Somaliland).
The Chairperson calls for calm and mutual respect to de-escalate the simmering tension between the Governments of *the* Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Federal Republic of Somalia. In this regard, *he* urges the two countries to refrain from any action that unintentionally, may lead to a deterioration of the good relations between the two neighbouring Eastern African countries.
The Chairperson stresses the imperative to respect unity, territorial integrity and full sovereignty of all African Union member states including the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Furthermore, the Chairperson underscores the importance of adhering to the norms of good neighbourliness to promote and consolidate peace, security and stability in the Horn of Africa region.
He urges the two *brotherly* countries to engage without delay in a negotiation process to settle their differences in the most constructive, peaceful and collaborative manner *in order to* consolidate and deepen their cooperation to serve peace and security in the region.
He reaffirms that the African Union will stand strongly *on* their side to encourage an African solution to this new tension.