New York

21 February 2014

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

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the attack today on Villa Somalia, the seat of the Somali government in Mogadishu. He expresses his condolences to the families of those killed and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. He pays tribute to the Somali National Forces and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for their efficient and professional response in repelling the attackers.

The Secretary-General is concerned that the recent attacks perpetrated by Al Shabaab insurgents in Somalia are clearly aimed at destabilising the country at a time when many efforts are being mobilized to restore peace and development.  He calls on the Somali people and government to remain resolute in the fight against extremism. He reiterates the United Nations' unwavering support for their determined efforts to build a peaceful and stable Somalia.