SOMALIA / SECURITY

13-Nov-2017 00:03:12
Addressing a joint meeting to discuss a comprehensive approach to security, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, said “the core issue before us is how we can continue to stabilize Somalia and preserve the many gains that have been made.” UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / SECURITY
TRT: 3:12
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNSOM
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 NOVEMBER 2017, MOGADISHU SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Med shot, SRSG Keating and Somali Prime Minister H.E Hassan Ali Khaire sitting
2. Close up, of Prime Minister H.E Hassan Ali Khaire
3. Wide shot, the meeting starting
4. Med shot, meeting going on
5. Close up, SRSG Keating
6. Wide shot, panning
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister, Somalia:
“We remain aware that maintaining security is not just about offensive action, we remain cognizant that we require a comprehensive approach that has been well articulated by our president who is keen on engaging our population in good governance, fighting corruption, reconciliation and healing the wounds of the past.”
8. Med shot, meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister, Somalia:
“Above all, I hope that we will have-all of us-common and united purpose to undertake the only important task ahead of us in the coming weeks and months-how to defeat Shabaab and bring about peace and stability in Somalia.”
10. Wide shot, meeting
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia:
“The core issue before us is how we can continue to stabilize Somalia and preserve the many gains that have been made. Protect political space so that Somalis can continue the difficult business of constructing the state, building peace and resolving a number of challenges they face whether on the socio-economic side, the political side, Constitution, creation of jobs, delivery of services.”
12. Med shot, diplomats
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia:
“To develop a strategy led by the Federal Government in conjunction with the African Union, with AMISOM to do all the things we have been talking about-securing populations’ centers, main supply routes, joint operations and a plan for strengthening Somali security forces capability and to make sure that we are all behind that overall strategy.”
14. Wide shot, meeting continues
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC), for Somalia and Head of AMISOM:
“Once we know the enemy, once we know our capabilities, we know what needs to be done. And once we know what needs to be done, we need resources. We need to sit down together and see how we mobilize these resources.”
16. Wide shot, meeting
17. Wide shot, participants conversing while standing
STORYLINE
Today (13 Nov) the Federal Government of Somalia, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) held a joint meeting to discuss a comprehensive approach to security for the country.

The discussions addressed Somalia’s national priorities, the progress made on the Comprehensive Approach to Security and existing gaps and drew participants from key federal ministries and federal member states, the United Nations, AMISOM and the international partners.

Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in his opening remarks said “maintaining security is not just about offensive action, we remain cognizant that we require a comprehensive approach that has been well articulated by our president, who is keen on engaging our population in good governance, fighting corruption, reconciliation and healing the wounds of the past.”

He also noted that a comprehensive approach in dealing with the security situation in Somalia is critical, as the government readies itself to completely neutralize Al-Shabaab militants, in order to restore peace and order in the country.

Michael Keating, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), said “the core issue before us is how we can continue to stabilize Somalia and preserve the many gains that have been made.” He who also noted that the terrorist group remained the main threat to peace and stability in Somalia.

SRSG Keating expressed the need to “protect the political space so that Somalis can continue the difficult business of constructing the state, building peace and resolving a number of challenges they face whether on the socio-economic side, the political side, the constitutional review, creation of jobs, and delivery of services.”

Keating also stressed the need “to develop a strategy led by the Federal Government in conjunction with the African Union; securing populations’ centers, main supply routes, joint operations and a plan for strengthening Somali security forces’ capability; and to make sure that we are all behind that overall strategy.”

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, emphasized concerted efforts to address the security challenges.

Ambassador Madeira said “once we know the enemy, once we know our capabilities, we know what needs to be done. And once we know what needs to be done, we need resources. We need to sit down together and see how we mobilize these resources.”

Madeira also appealed for enhanced information sharing and intelligence capabilities on the terrorists.
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