Somalia: The next phase of military operations against Al-Shabaab

Mogadishu (HAN) August 13, 2014 – Safety & Security news: The Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud met with high level international diplomats including, the Under Secretary General of the United Nations Safety & Security, Peter Drennan, at Villa Somalia. The Somali President and the Under Secretary General discussed the various challenges facing Somalia and the overall development of the Federal
Government of Somalia (FGS) as well as ways to improve cooperation with UN.

Somali President Meets with United Nations Under Secretary General for Safety & Security, Peter Drennan, in Mogadishu. During the visit the Council members met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, senior members of the Government and the Federal Parliament, and the leaders of the Interim Jubba Administration and Galmudug, Ahmed Islaan Madobe and Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdid. They also held discussions with the senior leadership of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and members of Somalia’s civil society.

The UNSC visit comes at an important time for Somalia to launch the next phase of military operations against Al-Shabaab, addresses a worsening humanitarian situation and pushes forward with political reforms to agree a federal system of governance.

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Members of the United Nations Guard Unit in Mogadishu on parade for the arrival of members of the UN Security Council in Somalia on 13 August 2014.

Speaking at Mogadishu International Airport, the UK’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant said, “We are pleased to have this opportunity to visit Somalia. Our visit underlines the commitment of the international community to Somalia’s progress toward peace and stability. The Council welcomes recent political agreements to form interim regional administrations, including the establishment of the Interim Jubba Administration and agreements on the Interim South West State Administration and on the Central Regions.

“Members of the Council also expressed their expectation that the Federal Government of Somalia will urgently establish a national independent electoral commission, lead a process to revise the constitution and hold a referendum on it by the end of 2015, and hold elections in 2016. The members of the Security Council stand ready to support the people and government of Somalia to deliver this vision. The members of the Security Council also underlined the importance of women being represented at all levels of the political process in Somalia.” Ambassador Lyall-Grant added.

The United Nations Under Secretary General for Safety & Security, Peter Drennan, expressed his appreciation of the progress made by the FGS over the past two years and and noted that UN is committed to
strengthening support to the government, especially in the security sector.

The Somali President also discussed the impending humanitarian crisis in parts of Somalia and appealed to the United Nations and international community
for humanitarian assistance to prevent a repetition of the events of 2011.

The UNSC visit by the fifteen-member body is led by the UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant, and Ambassador Usman Sarki of Nigeria. During the visit the Council members met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, senior members of the Government and the Federal Parliament, and the leaders of the Interim Jubba Administration and Galmudug, Ahmed Islaan Madobe and Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdid. They also held discussions with the senior leadership of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and members of Somalia’s civil society

Photo: Tobin Jones/UN Photo. Members of the United Nations Guard Unit in Mogadishu. The arrival of members of the UN Security Council in Somalia Camp,  on 13 August 2014.


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