SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON SOMALIA

20 March 2009
SC/9621-AFR/1828

SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON SOMALIA

20 March 2009
Security Council
SC/9621 AFR/1828
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council Press Statement on Somalia

 

The following statement to the press was delivered today by the President of the Security Council, Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham ( Libya):

The members of the Security Council welcome the positive political developments and progress made in the Djibouti peace process in Somalia, including the establishment of an inclusive Parliament, the election of President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and the subsequent formation of the unity Government led by Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke.

The members of the Security Council further commend President Ahmed for his efforts at reaching out to the parties outside the Djibouti peace process and re-establishing security and the rule of law in Mogadishu and the rest of the country.  They reiterate their call for the peaceful resolution of the Somali conflict as the only way to a durable peace and genuine reconciliation and call upon all parties that have not yet joined the political process to do so.

The members of the Security Council commend AMISOM [African Union Mission in Somalia] for the valuable contribution it has made towards efforts for the return of peace and stability to Somalia and call upon the members and international community to provide the additional resources for it to better fulfil its mandate.

The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms all attacks against AMISOM, including Wednesday’s attack in Mogadishu that caused the death of one peacekeeper and injured three others.  The members of the Security Council express condolences to the Government and people of Uganda.

The members of the Security Council express their grave concern at the continued insecurity in some parts of the country, violations of human rights and the precarious humanitarian situation.  They commend the commitment of humanitarian personnel who are working in very difficult conditions to provide assistance to the Somali people.

The members of the Security Council further express their concern for the continued acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia.  They commend the efforts of the Transitional Government of Somalia and the international community to fight piracy while reiterating the need to address the root causes of piracy on the mainland.

The members of the Security Council express their support for the Government and people of Somalia and encourage the international community to extend financial and technical support to the Government in its efforts towards rebuilding vital institutions especially in the areas of security and the rule of law, and in enhancing its capacity for the provision of basic services.

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