The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to a comprehensive and lasting settlement of the situation in Somalia, reaffirming their respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of the country, consistent with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
The Ministers reaffirmed their full support for the IGAD led Somali National Reconciliation Conference in Kenya and commended IGAD leader and in particular the Government of Kenya for their efforts in the search for peace in Somalia. The Ministers also commended the International Observers for their active engagement in the process.
The Ministers welcomed the Roadmap launched by the Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs on April 22, 2004, the outcome of the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eight IGAD Ministerial Facilitation Committee Meetings on the Somali National Reconciliation Conference, which demonstrated a coherent regional approach of IGAD member states on the question of national reconciliation in Somalia. In this respect, the Ministers urged the IGAD Ministerial Facilitation Committee to further enhance their renewed cohesiveness in solving the Somalia problem.
The Ministers welcomed the launching of the Phase III of the Somali National Reconciliation Conference, and urged all parties to continue in their engagement to move Phase III of the Process forward and swiftly conclude the Conference with a durable and inclusive solution to the conflict in Somalia by establishing a viable transitional government.
The Ministers condemned the repeated violations and reiterated that the Somali parties should abide by and implement expeditiously the Eldoret Declaration of 27 October 2002 on the Cessation of Hostilities (S/2002/1359), and called on the Somali parties to continue working towards a comprehensive security arrangements for Somalia. In this regard, the Ministers underlined that the perpetrators involved with the sabotage of the conference would be held accountable.
The Ministers supported the determination of the African Union to mobilize the International Community for targeted sanctions to be applied to all those faction leaders to be found undermining the peace process or its outcome.
The Ministers welcomed the decision by the African Union to speed up preparations for the deployment, in Somalia, of an AU Military Observer Mission, that will support the DDR process, monitor the cessation of hostilities and carry out other related activities.
The Ministers called on donor countries and organizations to continue to contribute to the Somali National Reconciliation Conference in support of IGAD, the United Nations Fund for Peace-building in Somalia and the United Nations Consolidated Interagency Appeal for Somalia.
The Ministers reiterated their serious concern regarding the humanitarian situation in Somalia, and called on Somali leader to facilitate the delivery of much-needed humanitarian assistance and to assure the safety of all international and national aid workers.