Somalia still faces many challenges, says top UN envoy

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Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General Nicholas Kay [UN Photo/Tobin Jones]

Despite the progress that the government of Somalia has made in its efforts to consolidate its authority almost a year since its formation, the country still faces many challenges.

That's what Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia told a meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday.

He said the Horn of Africa country has made some progress in areas of security, public finance and political engagement.

UN spokesperson Farhan Harq has more.

"Mr. Kay said that Somalia still faces many challenges, including the volatile security situation in southern Somalia and particularly Mogadishu. He noted that the month of Ramadan saw a surge in security incidents as a result of the continued threat posed by Al-Shabaab. The Special Representative said that successfully meeting the major peacebuilding challenges in Somalia depends primarily on the efforts of the country's Government, adding that foremost among these challenges is the establishment of a well-functioning federal structure." (26)

Nicholas Kay commended the government for its efforts to have a dialogue with other regional administrations in order to realize its vision of a federal state in Somalia.

Regarding the new UN Assistance Mission to Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Kay said it will only be able to discharge its mandate by working in true partnership with others from Africa or the rest of the world.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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