12 July 2014 The members of the United Nations Security Council have condemned “in the strongest terms” the recent attacks by the insurgent group Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu against the presidential palace and seat of Government, as well as on the Somali Parliament and its members.
The 8 July attack on the presidential palace, known as Villa Somalia, was the latest in a series of attacks by Al-Shabaab against the country's political institutions.
“The members of the Security Council reiterated their resolve to continue to stand by the people and Government of Somalia, in the face of deplorable terrorist attacks, as they seek to establish peace and prosperity across their country,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press on Friday night.
The statement followed a briefing to the Council from the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somali (UNSOM), Nicholas Kay, on the security situation in Mogadishu.
Council members paid tribute to both the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Security Forces for their effective response to the attack against Villa Somalia, while also underlining the urgent need to support the National Security Forces for it to be able to assume full responsibility for security in Mogadishu and beyond.
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