at the Debate of the United Nations Security Council on Somalia
New York - Thursday, 9th July, 2009
At the outset, I would like to thank Mr.
Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Ms. Susana Malcorra,
Under-Secretary-General of Field Support for their insightful briefings. I also
thank the Permanent Representative of Somalia for his statement. My
Delegation welcomes the participation of the Permanent Representative of the
African Union in this meeting of the Security Council.
Taking stock of the gravity and
complexity of the current situation in Somalia,
my Delegation remains deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in and around
reflected by intensified attacks by insurgent groups, most notably Al-Shabaab
and Hisbul Islam, against the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the
African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). These armed attacks have led to the
deaths and injuries of many peacekeepers and civilians. We also are gravely
concerned about the extremely alarming humanitarian situation with over one
million people internally displaced and more than 3 million on the verge of
Given the sufferings that are being
visited upon the civilian population and the continuing deterioration of the
security and humanitarian situation in the country, there is obviouly an urgent
need for immediate and vigorous international support for the TFGâ€™s endeavors
to repel the onslaught of extremist forces, which are intent on destroying the
Djibouti peace process and spoiling the efforts to bring peace and stability to
Somalia through political reconciliation.Member States of the United Nations are
urged to fulfill the pledges they made in Brussels
last April to provide the TFG with adequate assistance, paricularly the much
needed funds and assistance to rebuild Somaliaâ€™s security institutions and
to train its security forces.
the TFGâ€™s call for the mobilization of additional troops for AMISOM in order to
enable it to withstand the insurgent attacks. We highly appreciate the efforts
made by the governments of Uganda
and Burundi in contributing to
the maintenance of the security in Mogadishu.
In this connection, we welcome the pledges made by the governments of Sierra Leone, Nigeria,
and other AU countries to contribute troops to AMISOM. We hope that these
precious commitments will be realized in a timely and fruitful way.
For its part, the Security Council has
decided to provide logistical support to AMISOM. We are encouraged that, on 25th June, the Fifth
Committee of the General Assembly approved this decision in the amount of over
138 million dollars. We see reasons for hope coming from the common interest
and concerted efforts of the Security Council of the United Nations in the
current situation in Somalia
A further deterioration in Somalia with Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in
Al-Shabaab controlling much of the southern
and central parts of the country would have
regional implications of an escalation of the conflict and, more dangerously,
run the risk of turning the region into safe havens for international
terrorists. We must work together to prevent the spread of this danger, end the scourge of violence and advance the cause of peace and stability.
For this effort to succeed, it is
necessary to work for closer cooperation and a more effective partnership
between the United
Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), the Inter-Governmental Authority
on Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU)
and the League of Arab States (LAS) in addressing the challenges that confront Somalia and to bring about a lasting peace and security in the
region. The United Nations should
continue to be a strong partner in this endeavor.