New York

22 February 2012

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Somalia

The Secretary-General welcomes the decision of the Security Council to endorse the expansion of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to 17,731 uniformed personnel, as well as to put AMISOM on a sound financial footing through the enhancement of the United Nations Logistical Support Package.


            An expanded AMISOM is critical as it provides support to the Transitional Federal Government in extending its authority across a wider area of southern and central Somalia as well as to significantly degrade the insurgency’s military capability across the country.


            The Secretary-General also underlines that military gains need to be consolidated through continued progress by Somalia’s political leaders in the implementation of the Roadmap for ending the transition, which is the basis for lasting peace and stability in Somalia.  He looks forward to tomorrow's London Conference on Somalia as an opportunity to strengthen international efforts in support of peace and stability in Somalia.