Statement by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam, at the Briefing of the Security Council on Somalia
07-29-2009, 04:53 pm
H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Permanent
Representative of Viet Nam,
at the Briefing of the Security Council on Somalia
New York -
Wednesday, 29th July,2009
outset, I would like to thank Mr. Ahmedou Ould Abdallah for his briefing. I
welcome the participation in the Council’s meeting today by H.E. Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Somalia and H.E. Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, Commissioner for Peace
and Security of the African Union and thank them for their presentations.
Delegation is pleased to note the political progress achieved under the
Djibouti Agreement as reflected in the Secretary-General’s latest report. We
commned and support the continued efforts undertaken by President Sheikh Sharif
Ahmed to encourage parties that are still outside the Djibouti Agreement to
join the national reconciliation process to rebuild their war-torn country. We
urge all groups that have yet to lay down their arms and join the peace and
reconciliation process to do so.
those encouraging political developments, the security situation in Somalia remains
deeply troubling. Attacks by insurgent groups, most notably Al-Shabaab, against
the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the African Union Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM) in and around Mogadishu
have intensified. We strongly condemn the attempts by these groups to overthrow
the legally constituted and internationally recognized Government by force and
their recent attacks against the United Nations Development Program (UNDP),
United Nations Department of Safety and Security and the United Nations
Political Office for Somalia.
particularly concerned about the extremely alarming humanitarian situation in Somalia with
over one million people internally displaced and more than 3 million on the
verge of starvation. As the continued fighting has worsened the humanitarian
crisis, there is an urgent need for immediate and vigorous international
support for the TFG’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. My Delegation supports the Secretary-General’s call
for Member States and regional organizations
to expedite the provision of contributions to the United Nations Trust Funds
and bilateral support pledged at the Brussels Conference to provide the TFG
with adequate assistance to rebuild Somalia’s security institutions and train
its security forces.
We support the strenthening of 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 security in Mogadishu. We are pleased to note that some
other AU countries have pledged to contribute troops to AMISOM.
Significant progress has been achieved
by the international community in addressing the problem of piracy off the
coast of Somalia.
The cooperation and coordination exhibited by Member States in the fight
against piracy in this region is proving to be effective. We still believe
that, in the long run, the scourge of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the
coast of Somalia will only
be resolved thoroughly through an integrated approach that addresses the
conflict, the lack of governance and the absence of sustainable livelihoods on
land in Somalia.
Somalia and delivering a negotiated peace settlement addressing the root causes
of the conflict requires 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. We continue to
support a strong role of the United
Nations in strengthening this cooperation and partnership with a view to
assisting the Government and people of Somalia to bring about peace and
stability for this country. We cannot agree more with what has been said by
H.E. the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somalia which is that finally the issue
will have to be resolved by the Somalis.