UN: UN envoy lauds progress in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Somalia Nicholas Kay has hailed the political and economic gains made in Somalia through the partnerships and collective efforts of Somalis and the international community.

Mr. Kay also urged political leaders in Somalia to resolve their differences or risk undermining the progress so far achieved.

A UN statement on Wednesday quoted the UN envoy, who spoke at the High-Level Partnership Forum of the Somali Development and Reconstruction Facility Steering Committee, as saying that overall, ''Somalia, I still maintain, is moving in the right direction."

"Whatever the difficulties we face. Somalia is in a better state today as a result of our collective efforts than it has been in a generation, and we should not lose sight of that," he said.

Mr. Kay also said progress made so far had been the result of partnership, most notably between the Somalis, adding: "The Somali-led state formation process has delivered concrete results."

The envoy also said the collective leadership between Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed had given Somalis and international partners faith and confidence in the Federal Government and in Somalia’s political future.

He, however, said the country stands at a "watershed moment", and that unity, stability and delivery are needed as Somalia moves forward.

"As preparations were underway for meetings in Copenhagen, the cycle of political instability and bureaucratic paralysis that plagued previous administrations should not continue, or progress achieved by collective efforts and by the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) would be undermined.

"We all need to do better. Whether we talk about political stability or economic development, what we shall achieve depends on what we put in," Mr. Kay said.

He said "The New Deal Compact" remains the best framework to continue progress, noting that the Compact, endorsed by the Somali government and international partners at the Brussels Conference in September 2013, is seen as a road map for promoting state-building and peace-building priorities in Somalia between 2014 and 2016.

"International partners need to live up to the partnership principles, and their commitments in the Compact. But we also need to recognise that this is less likely to happen in a politically unstable environment," the envoy said.

The High-Level Partnership Forum and the Somali Development and Reconstruction Facility are the two highest decision-making bodies of the Compact architecture.

On 19-20 Nov., the Government of Denmark will host the international High-Level Partnership Forum on Somalia - a ministerial meeting co-chaired by the Federal Government of Somalia and the UN.
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