Somalia is not out of danger: Ban Ki-moon

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Despite the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Somalia, the Horn of Africa country is not yet out of danger.

That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council as it held an open debate on Somalia on Monday.

Mr. Ban said there has been considerable progress in the peace process, citing two conferences which were held on Somalia in February.

He said the conference on the constitution of Somalia held in Garowe, Puntland, and the London Conference to boost support for Somalia present new hopes to end instability in the country.

"The London Conference occurred during a respite in Somalia's humanitarian crisis, sustained high levels of humanitarian assistance and an exceptional harvest have improved the situation. However, this progress is extremely fragile and will likely deteriorate in the coming months and as we move into the lean season before the next and most important harvest in August. Somalia is not out of danger."

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The Secretary-General stressed the importance of supporting the transitional government of Somalia to extend its authorities across southern and central Somalia and defeat the Al-Shabaab insurgents.

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