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Mogadishu, Somalia – 13 August 2014: Members of the United Nations Security Council arrived in Mogadishu this morning on a landmark visit to Somalia to review progress made by the Federal Government with assistance from the international community, and to demonstrate their continued support for the country’s efforts to ensure a sustainable peace.

The African Union Mission in Somalia appealed to the United Nations Security Council for more logistical and technical support to help defeat the Al Shabaab terrorists and bring peace to Somalia.

Acting Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson, Hon. Lydia Wanyoto- Mutende told the UN Security Council meeting in the Somali capital Mogadishu that while significant gains had been made in liberating more Somali territory from the Al Shabaab tyranny, AMISOM continued to face several challenges that impinge on its ability to implement its mandate.

AMISOM was established by the African Union Peace and Security Council and endorsed by the UN Security Council in 2007 to assist the Federal Government of Somalia establish conditions for effective and legitimate governance across Somalia through provision of security, including the protection of Somali institutions and key infrastructure, rule of law and delivery of basic services.

The 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.

“This is an historic visit, the first visit by the United Nations Security Council for 20 years. Somalia has made some remarkable progress over the last two years and is now a land of hope. The United Nations Security Council has come here to offer support and learn more of the challenges that Somalia faces,” said Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant adding that the Security Council would closely follow developments in Somalia and continue to “encourage and sometimes question the Federal Government in a search for a better Somalia.”
The visit comes at an important time for Somalia as the country prepares 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.

AMISOM ‘s inability to deliver Quick Impact Projects in newly liberated areas left affected communities with no tangible peace dividends, Hon. Wanyoto-Mutende said and bemoaning the slow delivery of humanitarian or other assistance to these communities.

The DSRCC underscored the need to deploy more police to newly liberated towns to maintain law and order, and pledged AMISOM’s support in building the capacity of the Somali Police Force (SPF).

The security situation in country at large and especially Mogadishu is now increasingly becoming a concern for the police due to the increased criminal activities… and assassination threats on members and employees of the Federal Government of Somalia. The SPF will need to be supported in the recruitment of police officers and have them trained and deployed to all areas including the newly recovered areas. Increased police activity and police presence is clearly required said Hon. Wanyoto-Mutende.

The UN Security Council delegation includes representatives from Argentina, Australia, Chad, Chile, China, France, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, UK and USA.


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