Need to "step-up work" to develop police sector in Somalia

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Awale Ali Kullane briefing the UN Security Council on the latest developments in Somalia. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

It's time for Somalia to step-up the work to develop its police sector, according to the chargé d'affaires of the Permanent Mission of the country to the United Nations.

Awale Ali Kullane was briefing the UN Security Council on Thursday on the latest developments in the Horn of Africa nation.

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

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The ultimate goal in Somalia is to have public security be provided by the national police, Awale Ali Kullane told the 15-member Council.

He said this should start happening now, with more support provided to the police especially outside of Mogadishu, where the country still needs to re-establish police services.

The Somali diplomat highlighted that the terrorist group Al-Shabaab no longer controls vast areas of the country, but they are still capable of conducting attacks.

We are concerned about the degradation they have caused over the Ramadan period. Just this Friday, Al-Shabaab conducted an attack in Mogadishu. Once again, the attacks were repelled, but we need to be able to degrade Al-Shabaab’s capacity to conduct these attacks.

Mr Kullane added that the Somali government welcomes the recommendation of the UN Secretary-General for the international community to begin a gradual hand-over to Somali security institutions.

He said this needs to become what he called the "guiding light" of the global community’s efforts on the security front.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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