New UN mission starts new phase in Somalia's road to stability

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Head of the new UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Nicholas Kay (right), with Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon at a joint press briefing in Mogadishu. [Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price]

A new phase in the United Nations' role in Somalia started on Monday with the launch of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

UNSOM was established by the Security Council on 2 May for an initial period of 12 months.

It is based in the capital, Mogadishu, and will be deployed across Somalia, as requested by the Federal Government and as conditions permit.

UNSOM takes over from the UN Political Office for Somalia which was based in Nairobi, Kenya until it moved to Mogadishu in January last year.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

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