Somalia needs full support to rebuild, says UN envoy

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Augustine Mahiga

Somalia needs the full support of the international community as it rebuilds after more than two decades of conflict.

According to the top United Nations envoy for Somalia, Dr. Augustine Mahiga, the Horn of Africa country is now on a path to stability with a new constitution, a new parliament and a new government that is more representative and legitimate.

He spoke with UN Radio as the Security Council was set to discuss a new mission for Somalia on Thursday to replace the UN Political Office in the country.

Dr. Mahiga says the Council is considering a new resolution that will define what could be the role of the United Nations in Somalia.

"Key to that definition is to help a government that owns the process and provides leadership and to facilitate the international community for bringing assistance to Somalia. It is a process that also includes the stabilization and reconstruction of the country, including the possible return of refugees from neighbouring countries and the proper resettlement of internally displaced persons." (29")

Dr. Mahiga will end his assignment as the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia on 3 June.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'12"

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