UN launches new mission to support Somalia

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Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay

The United Nations has launched a new UN Assistance Mission, UNSOM, based in Somalia to support the country.

This represents a new phase in the UN's role in Somalia as the country rebuilds following more than twenty years of conflict. It is designed to support the vision and aspirations of the new Somali leadership and the people of Somalia.

The new mission will work with the Somali authorities providing political advice, supporting peace-building activities, and enhancing security.

Somalia has made remarkable progress in the past two years. But there is a lot of hard work ahead for the new Federal Government – and all Somalis – to build lasting peace.

While only Somalis can build sustainable peace in their country, the UN has a unique role in bringing international partners together and giving advice drawing from best practices in other parts of the world.

Meanwhile, the new Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, arrived in Somalia Monday to assume his duties as head of the new UN political mission, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

He said he was "very pleased to be in Mogadishu and to have this opportunity to support the Federal Government and people of Somalia to bring peace, security and prosperity back to Somalia.

According to SRSG Kay, "This is an historic moment for Somalia. The people of Somalia rightly have high expectations. We need to aim high. We look forward with hope towards a national election in 2016. The challenges are tremendous, but we must work hard to seize the moment".

He said "The people of Somalia have asked the UN for a new partnership to match their aspirations. The UN effort will become more unified, more joint and more effective – based on the principles of true partnership with the African Union and all other partners of Somalia".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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