Somali groups urged to attend consultations on governance

Hardeep Singh Puri

The UN Security Council is calling on all Somali stakeholders to attend a three day meeting in the country in September to discuss key tasks and priorities for the next 12 months.

Council President and Permanent Representative of India Hardeep Singh Puri told reporters in New York that the Council stood behind the UN envoy in Somalia, Augustine Mahiga who is facilitating the meeting.

The meeting is expected to agree on a roadmap and come up with timelines and benchmarks to be implemented by the Transitional Federal Institutions or TFIs.

The 15 member body underscored that any future support to the TFIs would depend on the completion of the roadmap.

Meanwhile, Mr. Puri said the Security Council is calling for more aid to help the famine affected populations.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their grave concern at the famine affecting Somalia. The members of the Security Council welcomed the mobilization of the international community so far, and urged member states to contribute to the United Nations' consolidated appeal for Somalia and expressed serious concern that the appeal is not fully funded."

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