Somalia has chance to come out of "failed state syndrome"

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Jan Eliasson

Somalia has a chance to get out a "failed state syndrome", according to United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

Mr. Eliasson briefed reporters on Tuesday about the activities at the United Nations during the past ten days when world leaders gathered in New York for the annual debate in the General Assembly.

He said one of the events was a meeting on Somalia in which the country's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud participated via teleconference.

"I think we should really commend the Somali people and the Somali Government and President for the efforts taken to bring Somalia back to normalcy. I was there 20 years ago during the horrors of the period 1992/93 and Somalia simply has to get out of this 'failed state syndrome'. They have a chance now and I think both the Somalis themselves and the international community have an obligation to contribute to this positive development that we noted at that meeting."

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