End of transition in Somalia is "only the beginning": UK

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Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom

The end of the transition in Somalia is only the beginning, says the ambassador of the United Kingdom, the lead country on the issue in the Security Council.

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant spoke to reporters on Tuesday after the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution welcoming the transition in the Horn of Africa country.

The Council welcomed the creation of new institutions including parliament and sets out the government's responsibility to do more on areas such as human rights, rule of law and tackling corruption.

Ambassador Grant says the resolution appeals to the international community to be better coordinated in its support to Somalia.

"Through completing the transition process, Somalia now has a real opportunity to progress towards a more peaceful future. The end of the transition is, however, only the beginning. Somalia still faces a significant threat from Al Shabaab. This resolution underlines the Council's appreciation of the critical role of AMISOM in improving the security situation in Somalia, but we must not be complacent."

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AMISOM is the African Union Mission in Somalia which is helping to stabilize the situation in the country.

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