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Opening session of the Somali Parliament

Norway aligned itself to an EU decleration on the opening session of the Somali Transitional Parliament, published in Brussels and Vienna 3 March 2006.

06/03/2006 :: Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the opening session of the Somali Transitional Federal Parliament.

The European Union (EU) wholeheartedly welcomes the opening session of the extraordinary Transitional Federal Parliament session in Baidoa on 26 February. The EU congratulates the leaders of the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFI) for their courage in forging an agreement to facilitate the holding of this session, and applauds their success in implementing the agreement under extremely difficult circumstances.

The EU considers this a demonstration of serious commitment to achieving inclusiveness and establishing democratic practice in the governance of Somalia, and urges all Members of the Transitional Federal Parliament to undertake their work in a constructive and inclusive spirit.
The EU welcomes the improved security conditions in the city, urges all Somali parties to continue their efforts in this regard, and looks forward to broad agreement on a National Security and Stabilisation Plan.

The EU reiterates its firm intention to maintain its political, moral and material support for the implementation of the Transitional period through the TFIs.

The EU however strongly condemns the use of force in Mogadishu to resolve grievances and expresses its concern regarding the recent fighting in the capital, which has led to heavy casualties, particularly amongst civilians. The EU extends its sympathy to the victims and their families, and urges the parties to exercise restraint and commit themselves to resolving their differences by peaceful means.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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