Progress on military operations in Somalia welcomed by UN envoy

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Nicholas Kay

The military progress that has been made by Somali and African Union forces against the Al Shabaab Islamic insurgents in south-central Somalia has been welcomed by the top United Nations envoy in the country.

Troops from the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have launched a new offensive against the Islamic insurgents.

Nicholas Kay, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia has congratulated the forces on regaining control of key towns and areas from Al Shabaab.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq has more.

"Mr. Kay said the UN and international partners had begun addressing humanitarian needs where access is possible. He added that Somalis living in areas now under Government control should quickly receive better security and justice, services such as health and education and a decent livelihood. And he called for more international support." (16")

Mr. Kay said Somalia is now at a turning point in its struggle to bring lasting peace to its entire people.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’11″

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