United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has told the Security Council of his intention to extend the expiring mandate of his Representative for Somalia, Winston Tubman, until the end of next year.
In a letter dated 22 October and made public today, Mr. Annan said, "Since his appointment, Mr. Tubman has been assisting my efforts to advance the cause of peace and reconciliation in Somalia through contacts with Somali leaders, civic organizations and the States and organizations concerned."
He also has played an important role in coordinating the efforts of the international community to help the Somali National Reconciliation Conference make progress under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Mr. Annan said. IGAD is chaired by Kenya.
"In view of this, it is my intention to extend the mandate of my Representative for Somalia until 31 December 2004," Mr. Annan said.