UN: UN Security Council extends UN mission in Somalia to August 2015

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), as the Horn of Africa country continues down its road towards political recovery and increased security.

PANA in New York reports that the Security Council extended UNSOM’s mandate to 7 August 2015, during which it will expire, or renewed depending on the country's situation.

It said the resolution, adopted unanimously by the 15-member Council reaffirmed its respect for Somalia’s sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and unity, while allowing the UN and African Union (AU) to review the dynamics of a temporary surge of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops.

The Council recalled its request for both the UN and AU to set out a series of recommendations for the next steps in the military campaign against Al-Shabaab - the Islamist extremist group that has waged a long-standing terrorist campaign against Somalia's government.

In a recent briefing of the Security Council, Mr. Nicholas Kay, UN envoy in Somalia and head of UNSOM, told Council members that momentum had been regained on efforts to achieve political progress in the country.

He pointed to work by federal, regional and local leaders, and parliamentarians to build a State through dialogue and reconciliation, and top-level commitment to deliver Somalia's Vision 2016 plan.

He, however, conceded that, "there is still a long way to go, and with so much at stake between now and 2016, we can expect Al-Shabaab to do everything it can to derail the political process."

Last weekend, Mr. Yusuf Muhammad Dirir, a member of the Federal Parliament, was shot and killed along with his driver, while another MP, Mr. Abdullahi Boss Ahmed, was wounded in the same attack.
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26 may 2015 20:03:42

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