For First Time in Two Decades, Somali People Speak of Hope, Optimism, Faith in New Developments, Even Though Still Facing Daunting Challenges, Security Council Told

from UN Security Council
Published on 14 Feb 2013 View Original


Security Council
6921st Meeting (AM)

he Security Council this morning, as it was briefed by a top United Nations political official on the recent transformation in Somalia and the daunting challenges ahead, was told by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister that the Somali people, for the first time in more than two decades, spoke of new hopes, optimism and confidence, as well as strong faith in the new developments in the country.

Fawzia Y.H Adam, who is also the Foreign Minister, said there had been a “rebirth” in her country, and she urged the United Nations and other friendly stakeholders to return to Mogadishu, where the security situation was “still difficult” but “manageable”.

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun said the progress — marked by the establishment of a Federal Parliament, the selection of a President and the approval of a Prime Minister — called for a concomitant change in support, based on a new Somali-led partnership with a United Nations that no longer worked remotely from another country. The United Nations presence, he said, could steadily relocate in the coming 6 to 12 months from Nairobi to Mogadishu and be substantially realigned from a political office to a peacebuilding mission.