UN: UN official urges more support for Somalia's progression

New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, says Somalia’s positive strides do not mean "plain sailing", urging the international community to continue to support the Horn of Africa nation in its efforts to stabilize and build sustainable security.

In his opening remarks on Wednesday at the two-day High-Level Partnership Forum (HLPF) on Somalia in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mr. Feltman explained that, "Somalia simply cannot afford to repeat the pattern of division and paralysis."

"Overall, Somalia is in a better state than it has been in a generation," he said, noting that in a world of relentless crises, conflict and human suffering, Somalia had stood out as different – a positive narrative in the making.

"Of course this does not mean plain sailing, some of Somalia’s old shadows still haunt us," he stressed.

The UN official said: "Yet, gains have been the result of a strategic, effective partnership among Somalia’s federal leadership that gave Somalis and those in the international community faith and confidence."

"For instance, the UN Secretary-General’s visit to Mogadishu last month along with the President of the World Bank and other regional partners was yet another sign of broadening and deepening international engagement in Somalia," Mr. Feltman said.

He said the Somali New Deal Compact being renew today remained the right tool to marshal efforts for long-term peace and development, adding that, supporting Somalia in its comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism was imperative.

"The campaign against Al-Shabaab has advanced, in no small part to Somali security forces and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)," he said.

On the progress in partnership for transparent finance through the Financial Governance Committee, Mr. Feltman explained that it was critical to build confidence in Somalia’s economy at home and abroad.

He said much more needed to be done but international economic investment was already significant and growing.

On the violence over the past few weeks in the country, the UN official urged the Somali's president and other officials to resolve the current crisis in a way that ensured political stability through to 2016.

He also welcomed the role of the regional Intergovernmental Authority of Development (IGAD), of which Somalia is a founding member, in facilitating the search for a lasting solution.

For their part, international partners must live up to the principles pledged, and fulfil commitments of the New Deal Compact to ensure that investment and commitment in Somalia are matched by results on the ground.

"We also must redouble our efforts to improve the lives of ordinary Somalis, remembering that some 3.2 million remain in need of humanitarian assistance," Mr. Feltman said.

The meeting is being attended by Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, representatives of Puntland and the Interim Jubba Administration, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, among others.

HLPF Copenhagen aims to maintain the momentum in the political transition process, within the framework of the Somali New Deal Compact, a document endorsed by the Somali government and international partners at the Brussels Conference in September 2013.

The Compact is seen as a road map for promoting State-building and peace-building priorities in Somalia between 2014 and 2016.
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