Somalia: A Security Council Briefing on Somalia

Mogadishu (HAN) March 19, 2014 – Press Release: US State Department: U.S. Mission to the United Nations: Remarks At a Security Council Briefing On Somalia

Thank you, Mr. President, Minister Simmonds, for hosting this session and thank you, Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson, for your briefing. I wish to welcome the presence of the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Somalia as well. At the outset, we would like to take this opportunity to express appreciation to former SRSG Mahiga and the UN Political Office to Somalia for their contributions to Somalia’s progress.

Despite many tactical successes, al-Shabaab is not yet defeated. And there are others who wish to drag Somalia back into chaos. Recent terrorist attacks show that Mogadishu and many rural parts of Somalia are still vulnerable. We look to the Somali National Security Forces and AMISOM to continue their efforts to expand and maintain control over the country so that the Somali Government can improve governance and the rule of law. We applaud those regional actors who have played a positive role in supporting Somalia’s unity and sovereignty, especially in this days of President Hassan Sheikh’s administration.


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