With reference to the May 13 press conference by President of Puntland State of Somalia, H.E. Said
Abdullahi Deni, Puntland Government hereby issues this Policy Statement on the outcome of weeklong
political negotiation meetings, held in Garowe in May 5 – 11, 2019, and the subsequent actions
by Federal Government of Somalia.
1. Puntland Government shall not recognize all new laws approved by Federal Government
of Somalia, pending the completion of Federal Constitution in a transparent, inclusive and
consultative process with the Federal Member States;
2. Puntland Government hereby suspends all cooperation with the Federal Government of
Somalia in the following areas/processes: a) constitutional review; b) federal elections;
and c) national security;
3. Puntland Government shall present detailed policy propositions for engagement with
FMS and international partners, to manage the new political reality; and
4. Puntland Government calls for continued direct talks and engagement between the FGS
and FMS leadership, until a cooperation mechanism is agreed upon.