UN / SOMALIA NEW MISSION

09-Nov-2015 00:02:29
The Security Council unanimously adopted a new resolution for the succession of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, which will be renamed UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: UN / SOMALIA NEW MISSION
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DATELINE: 09 NOVEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

09 NOVEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan right-to-left, Security Council members voting
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Susanna Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General:
“In line with today’s resolution, we can build on the tangible success of the UN-AU partnership and the achievements of the UN Support Office for AMISOM. We can do even more with the new UN Support Office in Somalia. I am committed to strengthening our collaboration.”
4. Med shot, Security Council meeting in progress
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Philip Hammond, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:
“Building security and stability are key, but the foundation on which they rest is political progress, and in 2016 the eyes of the world will be on Somalia. Conducting a credible electoral process in 2016 is critical. Failure to do so would risk undermining the collective effort to defeat al-Shabaab and all that has been achieved so far.
6. Wide shot, Security Council meeting in progress
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia:
“There is still a long way to go in terms of service delivery, rule of law and inclusive politics. But I shall never tire of saying that – at last – Somalia is facing the problems of a country coming together rather than falling apart.”
8. Med shot, Kay and Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Omar A. A. Sharmarke, during meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations:
“We must not shy away from assessing the effectiveness of the efforts deployed on the ground, the extent to which we are promoting a truly Somali owned process and the level of coordination among the concerned international partners. It is only through such an approach that we can ensure that we are taking the realities on the ground in Somalia into account at every step and maximize the impact of our support.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council meeting in progress
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Omar A. A. Sharmarke, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia:
“Al Shabaab’s recent offensive attacks against AMISOM and SNA targets is disconcerting, to say the least. Complex attacks against hotels are now an indication that though Somalia and its international partners have won the battle against al-Shabaab, they have yet to be demolished. Somalia terror network’s recent proclamation of allegiance to ISIS is not to be taken lightly. With all modest gains against this terrorist organisation, Somalia cannot afford to have a space for ISIS to exploit and reverse the hard earned progress on security that AMISON/SNA sacrificed lives for.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council meeting in progress
STORYLINE
The Security Council unanimously adopted today (09 Nov) a new resolution for the succession of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which was established on 3 June 2013 under the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG).

The new mission will be called the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), and draws from the recommendations of a joint African Union (AU) and UN review of the Federal Government and the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) conducted earlier this year.

A three-month strategic review of the Support Office, from July to September, had found that its resources had not kept pace with the expansion of its task, which included support to both high-intensity military operations, as well as highly mobile political engagement in Somalia and beyond.

The clients had grown from one to five, and the number of personnel it supported from 8,000 to 33,000 – all in an area that had expanded from 100 square kilometres to more than 400,000.

Under the new resolution, in fact, the mission will include the provision of policy advice to AMISOM, UNSOM and the Somali National Army (SNA) on peacebuilding and state-building, development of a federal system (including preparations for elections in 2016), and coordination of international donor support.

One of the key recommendations will also be UNSOS’ provision of logistical support to 22, 126 AMISOM uniformed personnel, 70 AMISOM civilians, 10,900 SNA troops when in joint operations with AMISOM and UNSOM.

Speaking on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, Chef de Cabient Susanna Malcorra said the new resolution built “on the tangible success of the UN-AU partnership and the achievements of the UN Support Office for AMISOM. We can do even more with the new UN Support Office in Somalia. I am committed to strengthening our collaboration.”

The UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Philip Hammond, who chaired the briefing, said that in 2016 “the eyes of the world will be in Somalia” when the country will conduct elections under the New Deal Somali Compact, sealed with the help of Somalia’s international donors.

Hammond said failure to run a credible electoral process, could risk “undermining the collective effort to defeat al-Shabaab and all that has been achieved so far.

Nicholas Kay, Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia who will complete his assignment at the end of the year said that although there was still a long way to go in terms of service delivery, rule of law and inclusive politics, “I shall never tire of saying that – at last – Somalia is facing the problems of a country coming together rather than falling apart.”

The Permanent Observer of the African Union to the UN, Tete Antonio, stressed the importance of assessing the effectiveness of international efforts on the ground as promoting “a truly Somali owned process,” adding that “it is only through such an approach that we can ensure that we are taking the realities on the ground in Somalia into account at every step and maximize the impact of our support.”

Meanwhile, Omar A. A. Sharmarke, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, said that despite commendable progresses in the country, the threat posed by continuous attacks by the al-Shabaab group against AMISOM and SNA targets, was “disconcerting”.

“Complex attacks against hotels are now an indication that though Somalia and its international partners have won the battle against al-Shabaab, they have yet to be demolished. Somalia terror network’s recent proclamation of allegiance to ISIS is not to be taken lightly. With all modest gains against this terrorist organisation, Somalia cannot afford to have a space for ISIS to exploit and reverse the hard earned progress on security that AMISON/SNA sacrificed lives for,” Sharmarke said.
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