The Presidency of the European Union categorically condemns the attack in Mogadishu on Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, which left several people dead, including a local employee of the European Commission, and injured many others. The Presidency offers profound condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and wishes a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.
The Presidency of the European Union condemns this attack as an assault on the whole peace and reconciliation process in Somalia.
It urges all parties to agree an immediate and permanent ceasefire. Somalia's multiple problems can be resolved only by political means. All parties are called upon to continue doing everything possible to avert violence and promote an inclusive reconciliation process. The national reconciliation congress, which is planned for 14 June 2007 and is of vital importance for the restoration of government authority and democracy in Somalia, must go ahead.