Capacity building central to new UN approach in Somalia: Political Affairs chief

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Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

The United Nations continues to work with Somalia to establish a new UN operation in the country, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday.

Jeffrey Feltman, head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, says the mission's core role will be as an "enabler" for an environment where stabilization and peacekeeping can take place.

He says the focus will be on four areas including supporting reconciliation, and building capacity in rule of law, security and human rights.

"Building Somalia capacity and supporting Somali leadership will be central to our efforts to strengthen the peace process. In the longer run, we hope there will be Somali solutions that will bring an end to conflict and determine the best model for Somalia's development. This is at the heart of the new United Nations mission's approach."

Military personnel from across Africa are currently serving in Somalia under the African Union mission in the country (AMISOM), which is supported by the United Nations.

The UN has a Political Office in Somalia which returned to the country last year after a 17-year-absence.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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