Al-Shabaab expected to attempt to "derail" political process in Somalia

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Security Council Meeting this morning: the situation in Somalia. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The Al-Shabaab terrorist group is expected to attempt to "derail" the political process in Somalia according to the United Nation's most senior official in the country.

Nicholas Kay made the comment in his regular address to the UN Security Council on the situation in the Horn of Africa country.

Al-Shabaab has created widespread insecurity in the country and in the region as a result of its terrorist activities.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

Somalia has been subject to years of instability, caused by inter-ethnic fighting and the terror acts perpetrated by Al-Shabaab.

That insecurity and the effects of recurrent droughts have left the country in poverty.

But despite those challenges, Somalia is on track to create a federal and united Somalia in 2016.

Mr Kay, the head of UNSOM, the UN mission in Somalia, told the Security Council that vigilance was needed to prevent the process from being disrupted.

"I remain concerned about security in Somalia, and about the threat posed by A1-Shabaab to the wider sub-region, demonstrated by the heinous attack on Kenya’s Garissa University in April. We need to monitor closely and be able to respond to any sign that A1-Shabaab is benefitting from their links to extremist groups in Yemen. With so much at stake between now and 2016, we can expect A1-Shabaab to do everything it can to derail the political process."

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains dire.

730,000 Somalis continue to be unable to meet their most basic daily food needs.

Over 1 million have fled their homes, the majority women and children.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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