Somalia: New ceasefire deal to end Galkayo fighting
Delegations representing the federal government of Somalia, and the regional states of Puntland and Galmudug concluded two days of meetings in Galkayo on Saturday.
After direct talks witnessed by outgoing Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake, Puntland president Abdiweli Mohamed Ali ‘Gaas’ and Galmudug president Abdikarim Hussein Guled signed a three-point ceasefire agreement.
The two leaders signed a similar agreement earlier this month in Abu Dhabi, where the UAE government hosted five Somali regional leaders. However, the fighting sides violated that agreement and fought again, leading to 31 deaths.
The new agreement called for “a ceasefire and nomination of a joint committee”; “to meet in [the southern port of] Kismayo on November 20th”; and “to sincerely discuss issues that caused the dispute”.
In recent months, Galkayo has been at the epicenter of a struggle between Puntland and Galmudug in a dispute that erupted over plans to build an animal quarantine center, but has wider implications in security, reconciliation, city administration, access to economic opportunities, and federalism.