Somalia is "coming together" says top UN envoy

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Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay briefs the press at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Despite the challenges that Somalia continues to face, the nation is coming together, according to the top United Nations envoy in the East African country.

Ambassador Nicholas Kay briefed reporters after participating in an informal interactive dialogue with the Security Council on Monday.

He described the situation in Somalia as a "distinctive bright spot" on the Council's agenda.

Ana Carmo reports.

Ambassador Kay, who is also the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), said the country is still facing many challenges such as poverty and violence and political problems.

But, he added, these are the problems of a nation that is coming together after decades of failure and conflict.

He identified three reasons for Somalia's success.

"It is first because it is a Somali-led and owned and essentially political process, second because it is a result of a unique partnership between the African Union, United Nations and the Federal Government as well as the European Union, and then thirdly it has been a successful, so far, military operation, although the military is one component in a comprehensive approach." (24")

Ambassador Kay said the interactive dialogue with the Security Council on Monday focused on military issues.

He told reporters that they discussed how to enhance the operation of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in the final stage leading up to 2016 and the end of the mandate of the current government and parliament.

Ana Carmo, United Nations

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