Security Council establishes UN Assistance Mission in Somalia

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Ambassador Elmi Ahmed Duale of Somalia addresses the Security Council. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The Security Council has decided to establish the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

In a resolution adopted unanimously on Thursday, the Council decided that the mission will be set up on 3 June for the initial period of twelve months.

Its mandate includes the provision of UN "good offices" functions as well as support to the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union Mission (AMISOM).

Ambassador Elmi Ahmed Duale of Somalia welcomed the Security Council resolution on his country.

"I believe this resolution ensures once and for all that at least the first steps of support of the UN, the Security Council, will be more effective, especially with the UNSOM proposal which ensures that Somalia and the government of Somalia now will have only one door for dialogue and for support." (26")

UNSOM will also monitor and report to the Security Council on any abuses or violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including abuses committed against women and children in Somalia.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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