His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon today welcomed the head of the new UN mission in Somalia (UNSOM) to Mogadishu, praising the launch of the new mission as a “vote of confidence in the new Somalia”.
Meeting Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG), the Prime Minister said:
“The UN has voted with its feet and come to establish its new Somalia headquarters in the Somali capital. This is just as it should be. You have shown the world that to engage with Somalia it is possible – and indeed necessary – to come to Somalia. I congratulate you on your new appointment and the UN on launching this new mission with a new mandate.”
UNSOM’s mandate is to support statebuilding and peace, with a focus on promoting good governance, security sector reform, human rights, rule of law and improved coordination of international assistance to Somalia.
“An effective partnership with the UN is essential for the new Somalia,” said the Prime Minister. “Our relationship goes back many years, through good times as well as bad. We welcome your support of our government’s agenda of peace, security and nation-building. We asked for a single UN door to knock on and you have provided it with UNSOM. Now we will work together on preparations for national elections in 2016.”
The Prime Minister said UNSOM had arrived at a critical point in the history of Somalia.
“With the support of AMISOM and our international partners we have already come a very long way in a very short time. The world has seen the progress we have made and newspaper headlines no longer talk about a failed state. But we still have a long, long way to go on the road to a more peaceful and prosperous Somalia.
I am delighted that UNSOM will be here to walk along that road with us. We need to put a final end to the fighting. We need to reconstruct our country, rebuild our economy, make sure our children have the best possible education, ensure Somalis can expect to find jobs, decent healthcare, the sort of things that are considered normal in most parts of the world.”
Somali news leader