The goal is for Somalis to deliver security without outside assistance: DSG Eliasson

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Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Somalia is building peace. Yet, it is still in the midst of conflict, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Second London Conference on Somalia on Tuesday.

He pointed to the government's priorities which, he said, provided the basis for the London Conference.

First, he explained, security requires capable and accountable institutions. AMISOM – the African Union Mission in Somalia – remains critical. The Deputy Secretary-General said the United Nations is open to new options. He said the Organization intends to develop benchmarks for a possible future deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation, but, the goal remains for Somalis to deliver security without outside assistance.

On the second priority – the rule of law, Mr. Eliasson said police, courts and prisons are essential for security and state authority.

The third priority is the accountable administration of public revenues on which he welcomed the opportunity to discuss reform of Somalia's financial management system.

And on the Fourth priority – the protection of citizens' rights, the Deputy Secretary-General said women and children have borne the brunt of the war, not least sexual violence. He said the United Nations will support the Somali Government in developing protection and access to justice for victims.

According to Mr. Eliasson, the daunting responsibility of the Somali government is to deliver, among competing priorities, a Constitution and elections in the space of just three years. And he added: the United Nations is committed to assist.

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