Security Council resolution reflects "strong commitment" to Somalia

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The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2232 (2015), authorizing the African Union to maintain deployment of its Mission in Somalia until 30 May 2016. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

A resolution affirming the international community's commitment to peace and reconciliation in Somalia was unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

The resolution sought to maintain the UN and African Union presence in the country, and stressed the importance of strengthening the national security forces.

Dianne Penn reports.

The 15 Security Council members voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) through the end of March 2016.

The UN would also continue to provide logistical support to the African Union force in the country, known as AMISOM.

The Security Council resolution also recognized progress made by AMISOM and the Somali National Army in combatting the terrorist group Al Shabaab.

Awale Ali Kullane is the chargé d'affaires at Somalia's Embassy in the American capital, Washington, DC.

He said while Al-Shabaab is getting weaker and losing ground in Somalia, it remains a threat there and in East Africa.

"That is why today's resolution is so important. It sets out the international community's strong commitment to Somalia, something for which we are extremely grateful. For our part, we continue to work towards assuring that Somalia can one day soon assume complete responsibility of its security."

The Security Council also welcomed commitment to what it described as "an inclusive and credible electoral process" in Somalia.

The country goes to the polls in 2016.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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