UN: Somalia diplomat stresses need to develop police service

New York, US (PANA) - The charge d'affaires of the Permanent Mission of Somalia to the UN, Mr. Awale Ali Kullane, on Thursday in New York said it was time for the government to step-up the work to develop its police sector to facilitate security duties.

Mr. Kullane, who briefed the UN Security Council on the latest developments in the Horn of Africa nation, noted that Somalia had been subject to years of instability, caused by inter-ethnic fighting and the terror acts perpetrated by Al-Shabaab.

He said the ultimate goal in Somalia was to have public security be provided by the national police. "This should start happening now, with more support provided to the police especially outside of Mogadishu, where the country still needs to re-establish police services."

The Somali diplomat also said that the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, no longer controlled vast areas of the country, but they were still capable of conducting attacks.

"We are concerned about the degradation they have caused over the Ramadan period. Just last Friday, Al-Shabaab conducted an attack in Mogadishu. Once again, the attacks were repelled, but we need to be able to degrade Al-Shabaab’s capacity to conduct these attacks," the envoy stated.

Mr. Kullane added that the Somali government welcomed the recommendation of the UN Secretary-General for the international community to begin a gradual hand-over to Somali security institutions.

He said this needed to become what he called the "guiding light" of the global community’s efforts on the security front.
-0- PANA AA/MA 16July2015

16 july 2015 20:31:43

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