UN: UN Security Council expresses concern on security situation in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - Expressing grave concern on the fragile security situation in Somalia,
the UN Security Council has called for progress on the constitutional review process in the
country, and for the completion of the Federal State formation process to be accelerated.

In a statement issued in New York on Saturday, following a briefing to the Security Council
earlier this week by the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and the UN envoy
in Somalia, Michael Keating, the Council said that, "a peaceful, transparent and inclusive
electoral process in 2016 will mark a historic step forward for all Somalis, and will be
fundamental for the country’s continued progress towards democracy and stability.

It expressed its full support for the UN envoy in Somalia and the UN Assistance Mission
in Somalia (UNSOM), and recalled its expectation that there will be no extension of the
electoral process timelines in Somalia.

It stressed the importance of good faith cooperation between federal and regional
authorities in the country on these issues.

The Council commended President Mohamud and the Federal Government of Somalia
for the political progress made in the country in the past four years, in particular the
agreement on a model for the electoral process planned for August 2016, which it
said should be a "stepping stone" to one-person-one-vote elections in 2020.

In addition, it commended the Federal Government’s commitment to reserve 30 per
cent of seats in the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament for women, calling on
the parliament to swiftly endorse the implementation plan decided by the National
Leadership Forum as soon as possible.

The Council also reiterated its "strong condemnation" of attacks and recruitment
of children by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

It stressed the need for the continuation of offensive operations against Al-Shabaab
by the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),
in "a well-coordinated manner" and in line with the qualitative improvements
requested in Council resolution 2232 (2015), and in full compliance with
international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians.

In response to the briefing by the African Union (AU) on the financial, operational
and logistical challenges facing AMISOM, the Council underscored the importance
of enhancing command and control, and improving coordination within AMISOM,
as well as the importance of ongoing cooperation between the UN and the AU.

It called for the swift completion of the National Security Policy and National
Security Architecture, and also welcomed the Federal Government of Somalia’s
steps to establish professional, inclusive and accountable security forces, with
sound financial management.

It also urged UN member states to contribute to the process and reiterating that
security sector reform is critical to enable Somalia to assume control of its own
long-term security.

In addition, the Council expressed concern about the fragile humanitarian
situation in Somalia and the humanitarian impact of El Nino, urging all parties
to facilitate "timely, unhindered and safe" access for humanitarian actors and
to find durable solutions for the 1.1 million Somalis who are internally
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23 april 2016 14:23:52

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