UN chief calls for long-term assistance for SomaliaListen /
Somalia needs long-term assistance as it works to meet the deadline of August 20 for moving from a transitional government.
That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an international conference meeting to discuss Somalia in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday.
Mr. Ban said the Horn of Africa country needs its own strong and trustworthy security and justice institutions to consolidate progress, secure borders and protect people.
He said this will also help tackle the problem of piracy off the coast of the country and promote stability across the entire sub-region.
"My message to this Conference and the world is this: Commit to long-term assistance for Somalia. Somalis have moved to complete the Roadmap for Ending the Transition. Somali leaders have confirmed that the transition will end on August 20th. Right now, elders from Somali clans are meeting in Mogadishu to select the Constituent Assembly. Its members – men and women – will adopt a new interim Constitution and select a new Parliament."